I don’t know anything about Lakeland Community College in Ohio, much less about the issues that may be provoking faculty there to go on strike (but I can guess they are similar to those faced by faculty everywhere). However, when I chanced across this inspiring post from this morning on the website of the Ohio Part Time Faculty Association, I just had to share it:
In the event of a strike by the full time faculty of Lakeland Community College, the Ohio Part Time Faculty Association urges part time faculty in the area who may be called upon to teach as replacements to refrain from doing so and honor the full time faculty strike. Adjuncts can be instrumental in achieving a victory. Our legitimate needs and concerns as part time adjuncts will be significantly undercut if the Lakeland administration can, by dividing us, defeat the full time faculty. All faculty will gain strength through solidarity!
This is the stand that we in the AAUP, among others, have been advocating for some time: only if we find ways to join together as one faculty, tenured and adjunct, full-time and part-time, two-year and four-year, will we be able to more effectively defend our profession, our academic freedom, and our citizens’ rights to accessible, affordable, high-quality higher education.
I can only wish the best of luck to our colleagues at Lakeland and their supporters in the Ohio Part Time Faculty Association and elsewhere.