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AFT Demands an End to Exploitation of Contingent Faculty

aftThe American Federation of Teachers (AFT), UUP’s national affiliate with 1.6 million members, issued a strong call for “ending the exploitation of contingent faculty.” At SUNY New Paltz, fully half of the teaching faculty are contingents, with over 200 part-time adjuncts and some 70 full-time lecturers.

In a series of resolutions passed at AFT’s convention, meeting July 11-14 in Los Angeles, AFT demanded pay equity for contingents, including compensation for class preparation time and office hours. Further demands include:

• Equitable access to employee benefits;

• Access to and compensation for opportunities for professional development;

• Meaningful job security, including job security comparable to tenure, long-term academic appointment contracts or certificates of continuing employment, which guarantee the presumption of rehiring;

• Opportunities for career advancement, including conversion opportunities to full-time, tenure-track positions;

• Enforceable standards for the timely notification of teaching appointments;

• Protections for academic freedom, regardless of tenure status; and

• Full inclusion in and compensation for participation in all institutional work, including service, research and governance.

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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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