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Will of Council granted to Pittsburgh-area Adjuncts


 Photo by Jonathan Ramady
Adjunct supporters gather in front of Pittsburgh City Council chambers from l-r: Randa Ruge, Dee Bruce, Rebecca Taksel, Samey Lee, Sharon Brady, Fr. Neil McCaulley, Robin Sowards, Matthew Ussia, Emily Rodgers, Clint Benjamin, and student supporters from CCAC and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.


Pittsburgh, Pa., On March 4, 2014, Pittsburgh City Council members supported approximately 7,000 non-tenure-track adjunct faculty currently working in Pittsburgh-area non-profit universities and colleges with a Will of Council. Please see below the Will of Council:


Save the Date - February 27, 2014: Organizing Committee Meeting for Adjuncts

There will be an Organizing Committee meeting on Thursday, February 27, at 2:30 p.m. at the USW, 60 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, Pa.  The meeting will be held in the Lobby room. All adjuncts are welcome.

Carols for a contract


Adjuncts and supporters rallied at Duquesne University's Old Main and sang solidarity-inspired carols hoping to send their message of adjunct equity to Duquesne's administration. A collage of Monsignor Charles Rice, a life-long supporter and activist for Pittsburgh's working class and referred to as Pittsburgh's labor priest, was left under the chapel tree along with a USW t-shirt for Duquesne's President Charles Dougherty. Rice was chosen for the collage because he was also an alumnus of Duquesne and taught at the university. 

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The Adjunct Faculty Association is fighting for the rights of the Non-Tenure Track (NTT) academic workforce in the Pittsburgh area. Our members value education and scholarship, and together we seek the institutional support needed for best teaching students.

The casualization of academic labor creates hardships, undermines teachers’ ability to provide for students, and runs counter to the values taught in class. Adjunct faculty members have little to no job security, earn extremely low pay for the amount of work they do, and most do not have access to health insurance. In order to address these ongoing problems, a group of adjunct faculty at Duquesne University formed the Adjunct Faculty Association, affiliated with the United Steelworkers. We’ve been gratified by support and encouragement from adjuncts at various institutions, as well as from tenured faculty members and academic organizations. We hope you will also consider joining our efforts.

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