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In November of 2022, nearly 1,800 adjunct faculty members at The New School in New York City went on a three-week long strike. The strike came after the university “failed to raise wages in pace with inflation,” prompting hundreds of students and faculty to walk out. The strike became the United States’s longest ever by adjunct faculty, which compose 90% of the university’s faculty. Many classes were cancelled as a result, leading to frustration among students and parents during a critical point in the semester. The union representing adjunct faculty, the ACT-UAW Local 7902, faced difficulty in reaching a negotiation with the university regarding compensation, health insurance demands, and out of classroom support. These stalled negotiations left professors and students in limbo, uncovering a deeper issue regarding private teaching union disputes.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution website on April 6, 2023. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.