Adjuncts Appeal to Higher Power in Debate Over Unions at Religious Colleges

Debates Over Religious Colleges' Treatment of Adjuncts Involve Appeals to Higher Power 2

Lexey Swall for The Chronicle

"It is awkward for a Catholic institution to appear to be fighting a union," says the Rev. Charles Currie, once president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, "but then there are other realities involved."

Ana M. Fores Tamayo has not heard back from the pope, but she remains hopeful he is on her side.

In a letter she mailed to the Vatican in October, Ms. Fores Tamayo recalled for Pope Francis how she had made just $15,000 per year as a part-time English instructor at a community college in Texas. She also described how 83-year-old Margaret Mary Vojtko had died recently, impoverished after working for 25 years