[Marxism] For an adjuncts' union

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Jan 5 08:15:52 MST 2009

Mark Lause wrote:
> In realistic terms, the future for adjunct labor is inexorably bound
> to what happens to academic labor in general.  Aiming for a distinct
> adjunct union is not a good idea, because it lets the full-time
> academics off the hook.  One job means one work force, and that's
> requires one union.

48% of the faculty in the US was adjunct professors 4 years ago, so you 
can assume that it is a majority now. Although adjuncts are very 
vulnerable to layoffs, this is exactly what might make them consider 
joining a union. The main obstacle is the seductive belief that they 
might become insiders one day.

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