Summer is upon us, and parents, children and teachers are winding down from what has been an exhausting and fully operational school year—the first since the devastating pandemic. The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 has affected our students’ and families’ well-being and ignited the politics surrounding public schools. All signs point to the coming school year unfolding with the same sound and fury, and if extremist culture warriors have their way, being even more divisive and stressful.
In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.
The main findings concern both the terms of employment and employee morale. The survey documents widespread problems with appointment letters and employment policies: not only do IAS work year-after-year with very little job security and low pay, they work very hard and face pressure to do more than what they are paid to do. As a result, IAS are not happy. Pay, promotion opportunities, and job security
We have compiled the resources below to help instructional academic staff learn about their employee rights. The UW System's Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project has exposed long-standing inequities facing lecturers, visiting professors, and other adjunct instructors.
Together, we can become informed advocates for better pay, job security, promotion opportunities, and working conditions. We are committed to using shared governance and collective action to create the best educational environment for students and employees.
Attacks on public education in America by extremists and culture-war peddling politicians have reached new heights (“lows” may be more apt), but they are not new. The difference today is that the attacks are intended not just to undermine public education but to destroy it.