“Unionizing at Barnard has greatly improved working conditions for contingent faculty, both part-time and full-time. In my own case as an adjunct who balances teaching with freelance writing, the significant pay increases and greater stability provided by our contract have made teaching more sustainable and less precarious. Our compensation is now more aligned with both the demands of the job and the ever-rising cost of living in New York City, and I feel that my work is valued in a way I didn’t before. I strongly encourage my colleagues at NYU to say yes to a union and join the growing national movement of academic workers exercising their collective bargaining rights.”
“NYU brands itself as open and inclusive – but that only masks the reality of exclusionary and inequitable policies.
Teachers have the same obligations as Arts Professors and tenured faculty, while their salaries and benefits are far less robust. Mechanisms for promotion are opaque and inconsistent. The concept of equal pay for equal work does not apply.
I believe in the union because I believe in equity and transparency, and truly progressive policies for faculty.”