UMass Lowell Adjunct Faculty Continue to Fight Back Against Worst Pay and Conditions in UMass System
Members distributed flyers to conference attendees during registration, which noted that UMass Lowell pays a base course rate 32 percent lower than at UMass Amherst and UMass Boston and that while adjunct faculty at all three other UMass campuses receive health insurance and employer retirement contributions if they teach a minimum of two courses per semester, UMass Lowell provides no health insurance or retirement benefits to any of its adjunct faculty. UMass Lowell adjunct faculty teach the majority of undergraduate courses as well as many graduate level courses.
UAW Region 9A Director Julie Kushner said the Chancellor was signaling disrespect not only for the adjunct faculty at UMass Lowell but for the local community, where many of the faculty reside. “Does Chancellor Moloney think the adjunct faculty in Lowell are less deserving or worthy of decent pay and benefits than the adjunct faculty in Amherst or Dartmouth or Boston?”
Kushner then led a delegation inside the conference to deliver a letter of support, signed by over 170 elected officials and union, community and faith leaders which called on Chancellor Moloney to end the two-year stalemate and agree to equal pay and benefits for the UMass Lowell adjunct faculty. When the delegation returned, the rally concluded with demonstrators chanting “we’ll be back!”
To keep the pressure on UMass, Director Kushner demanded that the University send a real decision maker to the table, joining her and the bargaining committee at the next bargaining session. Solidarity!
UAW Region 9A On the Move • Julie Kushner, director • Ted Feng, assistant director • Regional office: 111 South Road, Farmington, CT 06032 • Phone (860) 674-0143 • Fax (860) 674-1164 • Donna Becotte, editor • region9a.uaw.org • facebook.com/UAWRegion9A • @UAWRegion9A