Isn’t that slavery (or at least a blatant violation of American labor law)?

6 11 2009

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?


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6 11 2009
Cassandra

There was a discussion on another academic blog about faculty emerita working for free just last month. Some admins thought that was just dandy!

They seemed completely clueless that this was a blatant example of the very thing that is wrong with higher ed staffing and adjunct abuse. NO ONE should be teaching for free!

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