As contract negotiations drag on between the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties and the State System, we’re especially alert to faculty-union news from elsewhere in the U.S.
And there’s been a lot of it lately. At a lot of institutions.
In the commonwealth, there’s Duquesne University’s treatment of adjunct faculty members in its English department. The university last month laid off 10 of the department’s 11 part-time instructors. (APSCUF President Dr. Kenneth M. Mash sent a letter to Duquesne President Charles Dougherty urging him to rescind the firings and bargain fairly with Duquesne’s adjunct union.)
Meanwhile, University of Pittsburgh faculty members are in nascent stages of unionization.
In New Jersey, Rider University’s faculty union struck a deal that saved jobs and more than a dozen majors — in exchange for a wage freeze and other concessions.
Then there’s the City University of New York, where dozens of faculty members were arrested early this month as they demanded a salary increase. The educators have been working without a contract since 2010. Professional Staff Congress, the union that represents CUNY faculty and staff, continues negotiations this week.
On the opposite coast, more than 1,000 California Faculty Association members rallied Tuesday in support of increased wages. CFA voted in October to authorize a strike that could occur as early as January.
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