Thursday, January 2, 2014

My new article, "Impossible Unity: Adjuncts and Tenure-Track Faculty," appears in New Labor Forum (Winter 2014).

On the Contrary:
  • Ivan Greenberg
Impossible UnityAdjuncts and Tenure-Track FacultyNew Labor Forum    http://nlf.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/11/20/1095796013512623.full.pdf+html
In 2005, an estimated 42.6 million Americans (about 31 percent of the U.S. workforce) toiled as contingent workers outside full-time, regular year-round employment. And the problem is getting worse. By 2020, more than 40 percent may work under insecure conditions: underpaid and without job protection as well as lacking many benefits such as health insurance, pensions, and vacations with pay. Unionizing this large segment of the workforce has proved difficult. Only about 6 percent of part-time employees are union members, compared to 12.5 percent for full-timers. As the labor movement increases efforts to reach these workers, questions remain about the best organizational forms to represent them. Should contingent workers join locals that enroll full-time employees in their industries or should part-timers form their own independent unions? Can solidarity exist between full-timers and part-timers within the same organization?...