Non-tenure track faculty at Elon University took a big step forward today by officially filing for their union and hosting a campus-wide march on the boss. Faculty, students and community supporters sent a strong message of solidarity to Elon President Connie Ledoux Book by marching to her office and demanding the administration to work with faculty to address the low wages, inconsistent benefits and lack of inclusion in the campus community that faculty say limit their ability to provide a quality education for students.
“Today, we, the non-tenure track, are almost half of Elon’s faculty. Though we have different relationships and responsibilities to Elon, we are highly qualified and dedicated and bring unique skill sets to this university,” wrote the organizing committee of Elon Faculty Forward in an op ed. “The discrepancy between what non-tenure track faculty contributes to this campus versus the tangible and intangible inequalities experienced by the same group indicates there are still places where Elon can improve as a community. In order to make these needed changes, non-tenure track faculty at Elon have decided to come together to form a union.”
Special guest speakers at the march included MaryBe McMillian, President of the NC AFL-CIO