April 28, 2014
May Day actions for adjuncts
UUP members will stand up May 1 to support equitable pay for part-time and full-time contingent faculty.
Several chapters are taking part in May Day events, including a rally at SUNY New Paltz to support the Mayday 5K Campaign, a push to set a $5,000 minimum starting salary for adjuncts for each three-credit course they teach.
New Paltz Chapter President Peter D.G. Brown will join labor and student leaders as speakers at the noontime campus rally. Speakers will also address adjunct job security and workload issues. UUP has endorsed the Mayday $5K Campaign.
In Manhattan, Empire State Chapter members and more than 100 students from the college’s Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies will participate in a rally for labor and workers rights, immigrant rights and jobs at City Hall. Hundreds of unionists from dozens of labor organizations will also take part.
“We see participation in the rally as an extension of our labor studies program,” said chapter delegate Sharon Szymanski. “The issues highlighted at the rally are the same issues we talk about in our classes—fair wages, immigrant and worker’s rights, and safe workplaces, to name a few.”
At SUNY Cortland, chapter members will distribute copies of the Mayday Declaration to campus mailboxes. The Declaration calls for improving wages and working conditions of contingent faculty to ensure educational quality. Chapter members will also place posters calling for fair pay for adjuncts on community bulletin boards.
The Oswego Chapter will have materials about the plight of contingents and the National Mobilization for Equity available at the Campus Center.
The Oneonta Chapter will hold a May 1 campus meeting for contingents and their supporters. Members will affirm the purpose of the day, share experiences, and discuss long-term strategy.
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