For Adjuncts Who Take a Role in Contract Talks, Job Protection Is Rare

Adjunct faculty members can form unions, but they will feel pressure to speak softly at the bargaining table as long as their contingent employment status leaves them vulnerable to retaliation, several labor experts said at a panel discussion here on Monday.

Staged at the annual conference of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, the panel discussion was titled "Challenges for Adjuncts Who Negotiate Contracts." Fairly