CITY COLLEGE OF NY–Their salary is far below minimum wage. They cannot afford rent and other living expenses. Debt keeps piling up. They work two or more jobs, often in conditions where ceilings collapse, lights shut off, and heat doesn’t work. They’re demanding their employer pay them a livable wage, demanding a commitment to bring them out of poverty.
This is not the story of laborers in a low-income, developing country, taken advantage of by a corrupt government or a multinational corporation. This is the story of adjuncts in the CUNY system, and at CCNY.