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Many Adjuncts Prohibited From Participating in National Adjunct Walkout Day

February 03, 2015 / Phil Lesch

DCInno
January 27th, 2015

The first National Adjunct Walkout Day is less than a month away on February 25, prompting adjuncts across the country to determine whether they'll be allowed to take part in the protest.

An idea proposed in October by an adjunct professor of writing at San Jose State University – who has remained anonymous to this day – in an effort to highlight concerns about job security, fair wages and better working conditions, National Adjunct Walkout Day is expected to bring attention to the plight of adjuncts in a showing of solidarity, the only problem is that many adjuncts will be prohibited from participating due to no-strike clauses in contracts or state laws.

Some unions have begun advising members not to join the National Adjunct Walkout Day movement because their states prohibit public employees from striking. Should an adjunct choose not to obey the rules of their state, they could be slapped with hefty fines. In New York, for example, there's Taylor Law.

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