FAQ

What happened to the New School and NYU websites?

Both the New School and NYU websites have been replaced with this one.

If you require information found on either of the former sites, please contact us.

Why did we form a union?

The typical part-time professor used to earn about $3,500 per course, making the use of adjunct labor quite profitable for the universities. For comparison's sake, a full-time professor might make $20,000 for the same course.

We've formed a union because we want our work recognized by the universities. We bargained for better pay, job security, partially subsidized health care and pension benefits. We've formed a union to promote transparency within the universities' budgetary systems and effect positive and fair change in the way resources are allocated at the universities.

How are students affected by the union?

Our union gives teachers better financial compensation and stability, which means they can focus on students' needs instead of worrying about when, whether, and how much they'll be paid.

The NYU unit's contract also promises: "Adjuncts teaching credit-bearing courses in degree-granting programs shall have reasonable access to desks, file space, computers, e-mail, and voicemail. The University and Union will meet up to four times each year to discuss matters relating to space and facilities for these adjuncts. The University will provide the Union with office space or a subsidy in lieu thereof near the Washington Square campus."

Unfortunately, NYU has failed to make good on any aspect other than e-mail. We continue to press NYU for these resources, which will further benefit our students.

The New School unit is currently finalizing similar language in their contract.

Can I be fired for joining?

No. Employer retaliation against workers who join or support a union is prohibited by federal law. If you feel that you have been terminated or discriminated against because of your involvement with the union, contact us immediately.

ACT-UAW successfully fought the dismissal of union activist Martha Bordman. As a result of the settlement, Prof. Boardman was reinstated with full back pay.

What can I do to support the union?

We adjuncts constitute a large portion of the University's faculty. We are a vibrant and integral part of the university community. To protect our gains, it is important that all of us join and become active members in our union.

1. Become a union member (click "Join" at left)

2. Make sure we have your current contact information so we can update you about upcoming

events; click "Contact Us" at left.

What happened to the New School and NYU websites?

Both the New School and NYU websites have been replaced with this one.

If you require information found on either of the former sites, please contact us.