On the Picket Line

Teachers at Miami college rally for higher pay, full-time work

By Steve Warshell
October 22, 2018

MIAMI — Eighty trade unionists and supporters held a march and rally at Miami Dade College North Campus Oct. 4 to support faculty adjunct workers organized by the Service Employees International Union at the college. The protest drew workers from Miami International Airport, several McDonald’s restaurants, Walmart and building maintenance workers.

“Many of us have worked at MDC for years on the vague promise of a full-time position,” Maritza Campos, one of the faculty adjuncts, told the Militant. “We never get raises, receive no benefits, but carry a full load of classes. My hourly pay is the same this year as when I first started here in 2006.”

The union reported that 80 percent of the faculty at Miami Dade College were employed on a contingency basis in 2016, kept off the track to get tenure.