Temple University adjunct faculty have formed a union in the hopes of creating more job security and benefits. Adjuncts make up a large portion of the university’s faculty, yet they do not receive the same benefits as full-time employees.
The group is working with Temple Association of University Professionals and has created a petition asking Provost Hai-Lung Dai to allow them to join the collective bargaining unit. The petition has already received over a thousand signatures.
“The hope is that we will receive better wages, better working conditions, access to things like healthcare, those are certainly our goals. Our working conditions are students learning conditions, and the fact that I have a lot of other things to do other than teach the course means that students have less access to me,” said Anthropology adjunct Professor Wende Marshall.
Temple’s official position is that the university is against the formation of a collective bargaining unit because it would negatively impact the mission of the university and its faculty.
The adjunct faculty will be going to Harrisburg March 19 to further discuss negotiations alongside university officials with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.
For further information and updates, you can follow the union on Twitter.