9. MICA adjuncts form union.

. As Wal-Mart workers, fast-food workers, and security guards build a movement for a $15 minimum wage, Ph.D.s across the country who make (sometimes) less than that have stoked their own union drives. Adjunct professors at the Maryland Institute College of Art fought their own hard fight last spring and won representation by the Service Employees International Union in the face of the administration's pushback. Hopefully they'll get better pay (MICA's pay was already above many other colleges) and some job security, which will help both the institution and the remarkable art scene it feeds to continue to grow and thrive. But of course they can't relax: Getting a union doesn't guarantee getting a contract. As of mid-November negotiations were ongoing. On the other hand, an organizing effort at local public radio station WYPR this year failed, amid questions about who qualifies as an "employee." (EE)
Greg Karpoff / MICA
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