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Adjunct Instructors Are Called to Join Low-Wage Worker Protests

Adjunct instructors at dozens of colleges around the nation are expected on Wednesday to join low-wage worker protests being organized by the Service Employees International Union.

Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, and Seattle are among the cities where adjuncts are expected to join low-wage workers in other industries to protest for better wages as part of the SEIU’s “Fight for 15” campaign.

While the construction, health-care, restaurant, and retail employees involved in the protests are calling for a $15 minimum wage, the adjunct instructors, many of whom belong to SEIU-affiliated unions, plan to call for colleges to provide them with at least $15,000 in pay and benefits for every course they teach. Most currently earn less than a third of that amount, prompting the SEIU to mount a campaign to publicize how many live at a poverty level.

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