Erudite Partner is working this fall as a member-organizer for her union, the Part Time Faculty Association at the University of San Francisco, the city's prized local Jesuit school. Organizers talk with people -- hence the masks from her parent union.
The 600 part-time instructors are over half the teaching staff, but receive neither the salaries, the benefits, nor the respect equivalent to full-time professors.
Meanwhile, the University is back to full enrollment levels despite the pandemic. But charging students ever escalating tuition doesn't cover the costs of a mushrooming administration and fancy facilities.
So the administration wants to trim back existing pay and retirement benefits for their lowest paid teachers!
The Union says no -- and that the school should live up to its ethical claims.
Gonna be a fight, as it always is when grasping bosses try to squeeze their workers.
Happy Labor Day!