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Wrapping Up 2014

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

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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 »

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On Campus: We Are All Contingent

In Hub Features on July 9, 2014 at 8:10 pm

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 This post was originally published in the American Federation of Teachers’  higher ed publication: On Campus, Summer 2014 issue.

by Gary Rhoades

The shape of higher education, as of society, is changing. In our not-for-profit institutions, policymakers and managers are working to reorganize academic employment to at-will, just-in-time, pay-for-“performance” work. They are reorganizing colleges and universities to operate like businesses seeking to maximize institutional revenues and minimize investment in instruction. This model serves corporate business’s needs. But it’s a disservice to a large portion of our student populations, particularly the growing number of low-income, underserved populations that are seeking educational opportunity. Read more