Washington University adjunct faculty are warning of a walkout on Thursday in order to exert pressure on negotiations between their union and the school, which is refusing to move on the issue of a pay increase. Over 200 faculty and students alike have RSVP’d to the walk out Facebook event.
Adjunct faculty members at Washington University are not alone in demanding better working conditions across the country. Recently, non-tenured faculty at Duke University voted to join the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the union Washington University adjuncts joined. Similar discussions at the University of Minnesota, University of Chicago have likewise made headlines.
Last year, St. Charles Community College and St. Louis Community College also joined the union, while adjunct faculty at Webster University lost their bid to join a union.
What is the experience of adjunct faculty that has them calling for better working conditions? And how has unionization changed that? On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh discussed the issues, unionization and the planned walkout.