Left out of most media exposés about exploited adjunct faculty, and calls to arms to end faculty exploitation, is the fact that 25 percent of all higher education faculty in the United States, and 35 percent of U.S. faculty at public colleges and universities are already represented by labor unions. At community colleges, which have been at the vanguard of replacing tenure track faculty with adjuncts, union rates are even higher. Because many of them are public employees who are dependent upon state law for their collective bargaining rights, two thirds of all unionized faculty are located in five states that have historically been supportive of organized labor: California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Michigan.
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