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Since full-time lecturers at Howard University originally voted to unionize, they have spent nearly four years bargaining with the university administration to get their first contract. On March 23, just hours before lecturers and nearly 200 adjunct professors, who have been fighting for their second contract, were set to strike, the union secured a historic tentative agreement with the university and called it off. Union members will be voting on whether or not to ratify the tentative agreement in the coming weeks. Even though the strike was narrowly averted, Howard has a long way to go to adequately address the long-running systemic problems that brought non-tenure-track faculty to the point of hitting the picket line.
In this episode of Working People, recorded the day before faculty were set to strike, TRNN Editor-in-Chief Maximillian Alvarez talks to Dr. Aisha Bonner Cozad, an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Howard School of Social Work, and Dr. Sean Pears, a Lecturer in Howard’s College of Arts & Sciences, about the long contract fight for non-tenure-track faculty at one of the most storied HBCUs in the country.
Additional links/info below…
- Dr. Bonner Cozad’s LinkedIn page
- Dr. Pears’s Twitter page
- Howard Teaching Faculty Union Twitter page and Instagram
- Peter Lucas, Jacobin, “Howard University Faculty Are Ready to Strike”
- Rashad Grove, Ebony, “Howard University Faculty Threaten to Strike Over Working Conditions”
- Higher Ed Labor United statement: We Stand with Howard University Non-Tenure-Track Faculty and Adjuncts
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Maximillian Alvarez is editor-in-chief at the Real News Network and host of the podcast Working People, available at InTheseTimes.com. He is also the author of The Work of Living: Working People Talk About Their Lives and the Year the World Broke.