Members, officers, and activists from higher education unions
throughout California came together for a full day during Campus
Equity Week to chart a strategy for defending public higher
education. They denounced especially the way education
institutions, under corporate pressure, increasingly rely on
contingent instructors while treating them as outsiders.
It is not a level playing field in the world of higher
education. The longstanding and systematic underfunding of
higher ed has to a crisis in which 68 percent of California
community college faculty now work as part-time, or temporary
In an event which channels the spirit of Campus Equity Week,
leaders from the Peralta Federation of Teachers, San Mateo
Community College Federation of Teachers, UC-AFT, and San
Francisco State will host a free conference on the future of
higher education at Berkeley City College on October 25.
The month of October is once again time to give special attention
to part-time faculty issues. Officially, Campus Equity Week is
the week of October 22-26, but what’s more important is that
campus communities get the word out this fall before the
legislative process begins.
Most part-time instructorsare aware of how
damaging adjunct working conditions can be to our lives
economically, physically, emotionally, and psychologically. You
may also be aware of how these working conditions can hurt
students, the institutions, and tenure-track, full-time employees
Campus Equity Week draws attention to
inequities among faculty in higher education and calls for
economic justice, job security, and institutional support for
contingent and part-time faculty. Originally organized by the
Coalition of Contingent
Academic Labor, these October events aim to bring greater
awareness to the precarious situation for contingent faculty in
higher education, organize for action, and build solidarity.