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Continued: Macalester, Hamline adjuncts file for union vote

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 25, 2014 - 2:59 PM

Nationally, adjuncts now make up more than half of college instructors, and stories about Ph.D.s teaching college for poverty wages have spread around the country.

Colleges have defended the increased reliance on adjuncts, saying it’s a way to fill temporary teaching gaps without making expensive hires. Administrators are also under growing pressure to control costs in the face of soaring tuition and student debt.

But Todd Ricker, campaign director for Adjunct Action Minnesota, said that organizing efforts are underway across the Twin Cities, and that adjuncts have expressed interest at “10 to 12 other schools.”

Adjunct Action, which started its Minnesota campaign in January, has launched similar efforts in at least nine other metropolitan areas, including New York, Boston, St. Louis, San Francisco and Washington.

Maura Lerner • 612-673-7384

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