Paying part-time faculty more is not only fair but leverage to raise expectations -- to make sure that they are providing a rigorous and relevant education, with high standards and expectations for their students.
Adjuncts are now almost 75 percent of all teachers in higher education, over half of whom are part-time. They remain the "untouchables" of our education caste system. College presidents and administrators seem to be looking the other way.
Who should have a right to determine union membership -- the boss or the employees? The administration of the University of Illinois should stop trying to divide and conquer its faculty and come to the table to begin collective bargaining in good faith.
American universities and colleges are riddled with a caste system that violates our societal sense of fairness, justice, and decency. Contingent teachers (or adjuncts) are the "untouchables" of our college system.