Today is National Adjunct Walkout Day

Bryan Alexander

Today is National Adjunct Walkout Day. This is potentially a huge step in academic labor relations, as a deeply exploited population attempts to make its voice heard.

Here’s one fine overview.  You can also check Google News for journalistic updates.

NAWD Stand poster

It’s too early to assess how the action has fared (it’s 8:39 am eastern time as I write this), but we can wish the activist adjuncts well in what is a daring, risky move.  After all, adjuncts are at-will hires, lacking the political protection tenure affords some other faculty, and activism isn’t always popular.

Some stray observations from this fraught dawn:

  • This is another case of social media playing an important organizing role in politics.   The NAWD Facebook page has been crucial in bringing people together and sharing information, as is Twitter.   There’s even a Tumblr site. I wonder how many adjuncts are using platforms…

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About @NatM4Equity

The National Mobilization for Equity is a coalition of organizations committed to alleviating the present staffing crisis in higher education: three-quarters of the teaching jobs in American colleges are held by underpaid, precarious and poorly-supported contingent faculty. Our long-term goal is to end contingency as the norm. The current untenable situation not only adversely affects all faculty members, both contingent and tenure-track, it also negatively impacts our profession, our students and the quality of their education.

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