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AFT Reaffirms Commitment to Fighting Exploitation of Adjuncts

During its convention over the weekend in Los Angeles, the American Federation of Teachers reaffirmed its commitment to fighting to end academe’s reliance on contingent instructors and to replace that model “with a system of academic staffing that is sustainable for students, faculty, and the economy.”

A resolution unanimously approved by AFT delegates states the organization is committed to “improving the lives of contingent faculty by ending the rank exploitation of the majority of the higher-education instructional work force.” That exploitation, it says, is undermining the educational and civic missions of colleges and universities, and is negatively affecting the quality of the college experience for students.

Among other points, the resolution says that the organization will work to organize local unions that can bargain for better terms of employment for contingent faculty members, and will take collective action with affiliates, members, students, and communities to educate people “about the impact of contingency on the lives of teachers and their students and on the quality of education.”

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