FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 9, 2009
"For me, one of the central goals for bringing part-time lecturers into the EMUFT is to secure the fundamental right of all teachers to have a determining voice in the conditions under which we work," says Mark Wenzel, a part-time lecturer in the History and Philosophy department. “The adjuncts, who comprise 36% of EMU teachers and teach 1/3 of its contact hours, do not have job security,” he adds. “If we think highly of our students, we'll cherish their teachers."
Full-time lecturers, which number about 98 and are represented by EMUFT, are eager to have their part-time colleagues as fellow union members. ALOC estimates EMU employs approximately 450 part-timers every semester.
“It is high time that the part-time folks have a voice,” said Karen Kramer Soebbing, a full-time lecturer in the
since 1983 and a member of EMUFT since 2001. “Part-time lecturers teach hundreds of undergraduate and some graduate courses at EMU as well as provide Internet based and off-site instruction. In some cases, part-time lecturers' work hours exceed the university's requirements for ‘full-time’ employment. Many have worked for the university for 10, 20 and even 30 years. They deserve much more.” College of Education
"Because adjuncts often have non-academic professions, they bring real world, practical experience to the EMU classroom," says geographer and part-time lecturer, Tom Wagner. This experience serves students well in preparing for future employment. "It's not about money; it’s about the resources and respect we adjuncts need to improve the quality of education at EMU."
ALOC is happy to join the ranks of other non-tenure-track employee unions in
. Unions at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Michigan Western Michigan University and have organized in recent years. On these and other union campuses, instructors have bargained contracts that contain improved job security and better wages and benefits, among other gains. Like the unions at U of M, MSU, and Wayne State University , the EMUFT is affiliated with the AFT Michigan, the state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. The American Federation of Teachers currently counts among its membership more than 45,000 non-tenure-track faculty in more than 100 local unions nationwide. Wayne State