On National Adjunct Walkout Day, contracted instructors are leaving the classroom.
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Tuition prices continue to rise unabated, but that money’s not going towards the salaries of professors and instructors. Today, thousands of adjunct professors are protesting poor working conditions by staging a walkout. On National Adjunct Walkout Day, instructors are hoping they’ll be able to raise awareness about the poverty-level wages they recieve for working long, difficult hours on a job that is intellectually, physicall and emotionally demanding. But because being an adjunct means you’re easier to fire—all the college has to do is terminate your contract—and some state laws allow universities to fire teachers who walk out, many instructors are staging teach-ins today instead.