COLUMBUS- Today, Representative Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) will re-introduce his part time faculty collective bargaining bill, a long term effort for the Representative. This bill would remove an exemption in state law that prevents part-time faculty at our colleges and universities, including adjuncts and graduate assistants, from collective bargaining.
Something as simple as having their own space to meet with students is something that most part-time faculty are not allotted. In addition, they receive no benefits and less pay than full time professors.
“Adjuncts and graduate assistants deserve to have the same rights as full time professors, especially with colleges and universities relying more heavily on these part time employees,” Representative Strahorn said. “It is not fair or right to have these disparities in working conditions and benefits for people who do the same kind of work.”
This bill simply says that part-time faculty should no longer be excluded from collective bargaining if they so choose. These faculty members are the back bone of many of our colleges and universities. With more schools depending on part-time faculty to teach the same courses as full time professors, the passage of this bill would send a clear message that the state believes in fundamental fairness and that we value the contributions of our entire teaching faculty at our institutions of higher learning.