Some contingent faculty in California state schools are apparently now teaching for free. This news leaves me with many questions. The top of the list would be: Isn’t that slavery (or at least a blatant violation of American labor law)?
Seriously, think about it. Do these people still have to sign a contract in order to work for free? If so, what are the instructors getting in return? How can a contract for no wages be enforceable? Can they just decide not to show up some morning and get fired from their non-jobs? Can their students leave them tips? Presumably these instructors used to teach there for a (low) stipend before the State of California ran out of money. You can’t somehow become an intern AFTER you already work somewhere, can you?