Volume 73, Number 43 | February 25 - March 2, 2004

New School adjuncts vote on union; N.Y.U. adjuncts threatening to strike

New School University adjunct, or part-time, professors were voting this week on whether to organize a union. Balloting started on Monday at sites on campus and by mail and concludes Thursday. Approximately 1,600 of 1,850 New School adjuncts are able to vote in the election, according to Julie Kushner, subregional director of the United Auto Workers. The U.A.W., which is organizing the union, charges the New School with using delaying tactics. New School has only 175 full-time professors.

Meanwhile at New York University, unionized adjuncts are getting ready to go on strike if the university doesn’t meet their demands. Kushner said that a vote deadline on the strike given as March 8 by the Washington Sq. News, N.Y.U.’s student newspaper, was inaccurate and that no date has been set but that the strike vote could happen soon. N.Y.U.’s 3,000 unionized adjuncts, who are part of a U.A.W. local, are asking for affordable healthcare, better wages and space to meet with students on campus, said Kushner.


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