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Adjuncts Are Played Cheap

Posted 5/22/17

A couple of dozen adjuncts, independent of their union, the Professional Staff Congress, last week picketed outside the offices of the City University of New York to publicize their low salaries.

The PSC is pressing for compensation to be doubled, from the current $3,500 for each course taught by a history instructor to the $7,000 that will be received starting this September by adjuncts at Barnard College. An upgrade that large isn’t realistic, given that the high tuition at Barnard helps to cover the higher salaries. But neither is it realistic, or fair, to expect that adjuncts, roughly 16 percent of whom derive all their income from their work at CUNY, can make ends meet under the current pay structure.

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