The AFT and Freelancers Union’s new partnership will enable contingent faculty across the country to “access tailored benefits and connect, share and learn with others in their professions,” part of the Freelancers Union’s earlier creation of its National Benefits Platform, which enables any independent worker in America to search by ZIP code for a suite of tailored benefits available to them.
The partnership with the AFT will feature a unique web portal that will allow contingent faculty access to the programs and services of both the AFT and Freelancers Union. Contingent faculty will have access to this new online community during the fall semester.
“While we continue to look for new ways for contingent faculty to use their collective voice to advance their work, we will also continue to advocate for an end to exploitative contingent faculty employment, in favor of a system that is more sustainable for faculty and students,” said Weingarten.
“The workforce is changing, and the ways to support them need to adapt, too,” said Sara Horowitz, founder and executive director of Freelancers Union in a statement.
AFT delegates at the recent AFT national convention in Los Angeles also unanimously passed a resolution titled “Ending the Exploitation of and the Reliance on a Contingent Academic Labor System in Higher Education,” reaffirming their commitment to improving the lives of contingent faculty.
For contingent faculty eager to participate in the “fight” for better benefits and resources, The Chronicle of Higher Education, as part of its Adjunct Project is encouraging adjuncts to participate in its data collection process on the faculty, lecturers, and instructors who do not hold permanent or full-time positions. Data includes stats on pay and working conditions.