Inside higher ed comment
"...[A]djunct instructors and are hired to handle a shortfall in the employer's workforce and this is one of the advantages to the employer...."
Adjunct-contingent employment is all about exploitation -- administrators gaming the system to block access to health insurance, fair pay, and pensions. Everyone knows that next semester, next year, and next decade, someone will need to teach the courses, and everyone knows that it will be the same exploited workers teaching the courses. Yet we continue this ridiculous dance of "firing" and "rehiring" the laborers every academic term.
"Many adjuncts are more talented and fulfill their teaching responsibilities in better fashion that some of the full-timers.But that is no basis for identifying with those positions on the basis of similar academic degrees or similar job requirements...."
Huh? One set of laborers 1) do the same work as the full-timers, and 2) in some cases do better work, yet the part-timers are not entitled to equal compensation?
I was once a full-time higher education instructor with similar ideas: Why don't the adjuncts just get better jobs? Why the constant complaints, etc.? Now that I'm in Adjunct Hell, I realize I was having those thoughts because I knew how close I was to getting sucked into the meat grinder. Now that I'm in it, the only way out is to advocate for fair treatment for adjunct-contingent laborers.
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