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Session Submission Type: Regional Spotlight Sessions
As the corporatization of the University has intensified over the past two decades, academic workers have been more active than ever. A record number of unions have been organized by faculty, graduate students, adjuncts, and staff at both private and public institutions. The response from Universities has often been swift and brutal as they try to maintain and maximize their flexibility. Academic workers, on the other hand, have been fighting to improve eroding wages, precarity, crumbling infrastructure, and the overall worsening of working conditions in the academy. This panel looks at the recent unionization and contract campaigns of academic workers in New York City.