USC’s adjunct and part-time faculty filed paperwork Tuesday to hold union elections, a move that supporters say will lead to improved working conditions but administrators have warned could lead to less collegiality on campus.
The non-tenure track professors were organized by Service Employees International Union Local 721, which represents bargaining units at Los Angeles County and city.
There are nearly 6,600 faculty at USC and nearly 5,000 are on a non-tenure track, according to the university's website. Tenured professors enjoy greater job protections and higher pay than their peers.
If the USC faculty's petition is approved by the National Labor Relations...