Today’s News & Commentary — May 28, 2015

Although NME’s primary focus is on contingent academic labor, equity issues are interconnected and reach beyond the Ivory Silo™. Members of groups marginalized outside the academy are also more likely to remain contingent with the academy. Education is no longer a sure escape from precarious labor. Accordingly, we will increase our coverage in this area and would welcome your input and recommendations

The part series on prison labor will be our next On Labor post. Until then, check out Liana M. Silva’s Vitae article, “How Many Women Are Adjuncts Out There?”


L.A.-area labor leaders are calling for unionized workplaces to be exempted from the city’s recently approved minimum wage hike, reports the Los Angeles Times. Rusty Hicks, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and a key figure in L.A.’s Raise the Wage coalition, stated that such exemptions “give[] the parties [to a collective bargaining agreement] the option, the freedom, to negotiate that agreement. And that is a good thing.” Coalition representatives also claimed that “the proposed exemption would ensure the city complies with federal laws which they say give collective bargaining agreements precedence over local ordinances,” as well as “keep L.A.’s [new minimum wage] ordinance consistent with previous city wage laws;” for example, L.A.’s minimum wage ordinance for employees of large hotels — approved just last year — includes a similar exemption. Critics of the proposal, such as Ruben Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Area Chamber…

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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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