National Adjunct Day of Action, Feb 25

Faculty employed on temporary appointments mark today with a wide range of actions to demand justice in employment conditions.

The vast majority of adjuncts/lecturers across the U.S. and Canada do not have the protection of a union contract, and many of them are walking out of their jobs to express their disappointment in the higher ed management trend away from offering reliable faculty employment.

Earlier this month, CFA’s Lecturers’ Council wrote a letter to express solidarity with the day of action.

Although CSU faculty under a union contract, including CSU Lecturers, may not participate in job walk-outs, the Council expressed the intention to show “various means of symbolic support.”

CFA members at Bay Area campuses are taking part in a teach-in by adjuncts at Mills College in Oakland, attending an action of adjuncts at the SF Art Institute, and headed for an adjunct action in Berkeley. CFA members in other parts of the state are doing likewise.

“This is a time,” says CFA VP for Lecturers Jonathan Karpf, who teaches at San Jose, “to talk about the difficulties of being a Lecturer.”

Coverage of issues in the CSU that quote CFA leaders:

  • CFA President Lillian Taiz: CSU hurts students by hiring too many part-time lecturers Sacramento Bee
  • Adjunct professors get poverty-level wages. Should their pay quintuple?  Washington Post
  • University moves to part-time faculty majority Sonoma State Star (Sonoma State)
  • Future unclear for part-time faculty Golden Gate Xpress (San Francisco State)
  • CSUMB among schools trying to bring in more tenure-track lecturers Monterey Herald

Next up will be a national day of action on April 15 for and by low-wage workers including adjunct faculty. It is initiated by SEIU; follow adjunctaction.org

Photos: San Francisco CFA members declare “Walk Out of the Shadows (top). San Jose State CFA members sport “I Support Adjunct Faculty” stickers (bottom).