The National Catholic Review

Clayton Sinyai

Georgetown's Kalmanovitz Center has performed an extensive review of the union campaign among adjunct faculty there. The report covers the entire process, from the first discussions among the instructors about their conditions to the ratification of a first contract. The authors found that the university's "Just Employment Policy" -- rooted in Catholic social teaching and established long before the adjuncts considered seeking a union -- ensured that the organizing effort moved forward in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

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?