Adjuncts strike at Nassau Community College

Adjunct instructors are on strike at Nassau Community College in New York, defying a judge’s order to return to work.

Adjuncts have been working without a contract since 2010.  The Adjunct Faculty Association, an independent union representing 2,600 adjunct faculty, proposed a retroactive pay raise of 4.9 percent each year. The union estimates the contract would cost $14.5 million. The Board of Trustees, which estimated the total cost at $63.4 million through 2018, rejected the contract, triggering the strike.

In an e-mail to Inside Higher Ed, Alicia Steger, a college spokeswoman, said adjuncts are paid $5,100 to teach a three-credit course. “That is the highest of the colleges in the area.  We have heard numerous reports from adjuncts who teach elsewhere that they would love to teach at NCC. So, that is our answer to the claim of unfair working conditions.”


POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON September 13, 2013

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Frank Reiser

Adjuncts at NCC are unionized which is why we are paid better than most other adjuncts. We have a pay scale based on seniority and the salary quoted in the post is for those having ten years of continuous teaching. Adjuncts are limited to a maximum of 6 hours per semester. Ms. Steiger’s comment speaks loudly for the Walmartification of adjunct labor in higher education.

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