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The Low Wage Workers Summit

In Events, News, Philly Blog on February 17, 2015 at 10:53 am

by Wende Marshall

The Low Wage Workers Summit

Last month, I was honored to represent UAP at the historic Low Wage Workers Summit. The summit was sponsored by $15Now, a national organization committed to making 2015 the year of the $15 minimum wage, in collaboration with Fight for $15, the organization spearheading the struggle of fast food workers here in Philly and across the country. The summit brought together low-wage workers across sectors to strategize and to dream about the just world we are working to create.

Attended by taxi drivers, fast food workers, restaurant workers, catering staff, day laborers, immigrant rights and other community organizations, and an adjunct, the summit affirmed low-wage workers’ commitment to fight for a $15 minimum wage in Philadelphia and for the right to unionize. Demanding that we “thrive, not just survive,” participants envisioned a world in which public schools are well-funded and higher education is free, as are health care and contraception. Low-wage workers said that when we are respected and valued by our employers, we can lead “radiant” lives.

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Wrapping Up 2014

In Events, News, Philly Blog on December 31, 2014 at 12:35 am


The United Academics of Philadelphia (UAP) officially started its work in Philadelphia on November 20th, 2013 with an event in South Philadelphia, signing up its first members.

In the past 13 months, the union has brought together a substantial, growing number of adjuncts as members, creating a peer community than we’ve never had before, one that spans all academic disciplines. Adjuncts now have a place to talk to colleagues, seek resources and support, and share expertise. Contingent voices are speaking and are being heard. UAP members have presented at a national education conference and have been submitting stories, essays, artwork, and more here on the UAP blog. Anna Neighbor, a Philadelphia artist, adjunct, and union activist, went to the White House’s Summit on Working Families to discuss how current labor practices affect families.There are social events and regular union meetings held in the UAP’s Brewerytown office, and there have been two day-long public forums with speakers, panels and workshops to discuss issues. Read the rest of this entry »

Recap of the Fall Adjunct Forum

In Events, News, Philly Blog on October 30, 2014 at 8:00 am
Adjunct forum

Karen Schemerhorn tells the story of the founding of Community College of Philadelphia’s adjunct union. In the audience: New Faculty Majority President Maria Maisto, and UAP members Jessica Clark, David Chatfield, Ryan Eckes and Paul Dannenfelser

The UAP Fall Adjunct Forum was a great success, with adjuncts from across Philadelphia coming together to discuss issues, share stories, and envision a path forward.

Here’s a recap of many of the great moments that occurred throughout the day.


Temple University Needs an Adjunct Union

In Events, News, Philly Blog on September 15, 2014 at 8:00 am


By Paul Dannenfelser, Ryan Eckes and Jennie Shanker

Adjunct professors have been organizing across the Philadelphia region for over a year, with the support of the American Federation of Teachers, building the United Academics of Philadelphia. Collectively, we’ve had thousands of conversations with faculty across the region, and our membership has increased dramatically since the end of the Spring semester. Our efforts most recently have focused on Temple University.

Today we are launching a card drive at Temple University to authorize an election to form a collective bargaining unit of adjunct faculty. It’s clear we have overwhelming support for this union at Temple.

As part of the Temple University family, we have many reasons to be proud, but unfortunately the rewards are few for the important work we do. The last minute re-appointments and class cancellations, the seemingly random changes in enrollment minimums, the lack of decent compensation, security and benefits for people who have served Temple’s students year after year are some of the issues that we can address only by forming a union. Representing half of the faculty, our union will benefit the entire university community. Our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions.

Senator Barney Frank once famously said “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.” We need representation just as the university’s graduate students and full-time faculty have. Our issues need to be heard, and we need to negotiate with the administration. We are forming this union to have a place at the table. Join us.



We’re Cooking!

In Events on July 7, 2014 at 3:34 pm


We’ll be out in the backyard of our UAP office on Wednesday, July 16th for the first-ever United Academics of Philadelphia cookout! If you’re a new member or someone interested in learning more about UAP’s work in higher education, come join us for food and drink and meet fellow academics from across the Philadelphia area. Feel free to bring friends, family and colleagues.

Please RSVP and join us from 4pm – 7pm on July 16th at 1215 N. 29th Street, just above Girard Avenue.

Through open public events, we build community and support for all Philadelphia faculty, with a focus on organizing contingent academics. In April we held our first Adjunct Symposium. Check out a re-cap of the event here.  In addition to formal events such as the symposium, we hold regular happy hours and gatherings to listen, learn and share.