NJIT Adjunct Teachers Unionize In Newark, Criticize School’s ‘Uber Driver’ Approach

NJIT adjuncts say that the “Uber driver approach” to hiring is forcing them to “take on as many classes as possible in order to survive.”

By Eric Kiefer (Patch Staff)

NEWARK, NJ — More than 300 adjunct faculty professors at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have voted to form a union local at the Newark-based university, according to a recent news release from the American Federation of Teachers.

The state Public Employee Relations Commission (PERC) – the entity that regulates public sector unions in New Jersey – certified the vote on April 25. The new local is affiliating with the Rutgers American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teachers, union representatives stated.

The Rutgers AAUP-AFT adjunct faculty unit represents more than 2,000 members in Camden, New Brunswick and the Newark campus, which borders NJIT, union representatives stated.

“The adjunct workforce at NJIT has been waiting a long time to have their voices heard by the administration,” said Crystal Hamai, an adjunct instructor in the Humanities Department. “By coming together as a union, I hope that the adjunct faculty will be recognized as the invaluable members of the community that we are.”