Defending a “De-scheduled” Instructor

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Helen Worthen


Like other adjunct faculty in an increasing number of colleges and universities, the adjuncts at Roosevelt set about organizing a union. Working with the Illinois Education Association, a group of activists collected signatures and filed for and held an election. Because Roosevelt is a private college, this election was held under the auspices of the National Labor Relations Board. (A separate labor board and somewhat different labor laws apply to public institutions.)  The election was successful, bringing in the Roosevelt Adjunct Faculty Organization (RAFO) by three to one.

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