The National Catholic Review

Clayton Sinyai

Service Employees International Union Local 500, which represents adjunct faculty at Georgetown University, reports that Trinity Washington University adjuncts have now chosen union representation (74 voting yes, 54 voting no). They join a wave of non-tenured university and college instructors across the United States -- at public and private institutions -- who have organized to address poor working conditions. America's higher education institutions have contracted out a rapidly growing share of their instruction to these temporary profs who are paid on a piecework basis.

Housekeepers and childcare workers were excluded from 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act.

DETERMINED TO PURSUE CO-DETERMINATION: In an update on a storyline central to Thomas Geoghegan’s recent book Only One Thing Can Save Us (see America review here), the United Auto Workers union has presented a draft proposal for a German-style works council for Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant.

Employers responsible for a fatal accident paid a median penalty of only $5,050.

Bishops concerned over cuts to programs that serve the poor and vulnerable.

Popes since Leo XIII have supported workers' associations.

Board made considerable effort to vindicate just demands of both universities and adjuncts

Adjunct instructors at St. Michael's

Soon after Georgetown’s adjunct faculty and administration modeled collaborative labor-management relations for the world in their recent contract negotiations, faculty at another Catholic campus have opted for union representation. Adjuncts at St. Michael's College in Vermont  have voted 2-1 to form a union.

Is the decline of stable, blue-collar jobs related to falling marriage rates?

Two years of organizing and bargaining at Georgetown University came to a successful conclusion October 28 when adjunct instructors there ratified a proposed contract reached in September. (See also Kevin Clarke’s Oct. 10 post).