BY Jesse Major & Cassady Coulter
Contingent faculty at Pacific Lutheran University published a letter April 12 in The Mooring Mast stating they are seeking unionization through Service Employees International Union.
Employment for contingent faculty relies on the changing needs of the university from year to year. They are also paid a fraction of what full-time faculty earn.
Although tenured and contingent faculty spoke about their opinions, others on campus declined to comment. A pre-tenure professor did not comment because she didn’t want to put her job in jeopardy. Another staff member would not comment because of a connection to administration.