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PBS NewsHour: Adjuncts in Higher Ed.

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PBS NewsHour story, broadcast nationally on February 6, focuses on the plight of low-paid adjuncts. Includes interview with New Paltz Chapter President Peter D.G. Brown, Watch now: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/videos/#62335

Congress Takes Note

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WASHINGTON — It’s time for Congress to pay attention to the abuse of adjunct faculty members, and the way their poor working conditions impact not only them, but their students, says a new report from the House Education and the Workforce Committee. While the report largely endorses previous studies on the subject, “The Just-In-Time Professor” document marks the first time Congress has so formally acknowledged a situation that adjunct activists have long deemed exploitative.

“The contingent faculty trend appears to mirror trends in the general labor market toward a flexible, ‘just-in-time’ workforce, with lower compensation and unpredictable schedules for what were once considered middle-class jobs,” says the report from the office of Rep. George Miller, the senior committee Democrat, from California. “The trend should be of concern to policymakers both because of what it means for the living standards and the work lives of those individuals we expect to educate the next generation of scientists, entrepreneurs, and other highly skilled workers, and what it may mean for the quality of higher education itself.”

$316,000 Pay to Administrator for Study Leave Riles SUNY Union

David Lavallee, SUNY Provost Emeritus Photo by Morgan Gwenwald

David Lavallee, SUNY Provost Emeritus
Photo by Morgan Gwenwald

Times Herald-Record

September 18, 2013

NEW PALTZ — Rebuffed at the negotiating table over increased pay levels for SUNY adjuncts, a SUNY professors union official is questioning how SUNY can pay an administrator $316,000 a year to take a study leave.

United University Professions (UUP) New Paltz Chapter President Peter D.G. Brown said SUNY cries poverty when it comes to paying adjuncts more than $3,000 per course. At the same time, it approved a plan for retiring SUNY executive David Lavallee to collect his current annual $316,000 salary while he goes on a six-month study leave.

Brown said on Monday that despite repeated Freedom of Information Law requests, SUNY has not provided a single document describing the nature or purpose of this study leave.

“He appears to have been put in a category all by himself,” Brown said.

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