For some time now, large gatherings of faculty members have included a session about adjuncts. Those frustrated at being kept off of the tenure track would hear the latest data on the shrinking pool of tenure-track jobs and attendees would trade horror stories about the use and abuse of part-timers. And then the meeting would get back to its regular agenda.
Janitors at the University of Miami, most living at or close to the poverty level, have taken concerns about their working conditions to the next level -- a strike. Many have said they are willing to forgo days of pay they describe as meager to raise awareness about low-income workers. And since Tuesday evening, an increasing number have taken to the picket lines, demanding action by both university administrators and the company they work for.