Art Clemons on Fri, 12 Sep 2003 20:14:16 -0400

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Re: [PLUG] Interesting Outsourcing Article... wrote:
I've ended up back in adjunct teaching.  I'm stil not quite sure what I
think of it, other than it's nice to have the writing credits count for
me instead of against, and weird to hear about people doing critical
work on me.  I don't know if it's an option for everyone, though.

I've always viewed adjuncts as the equivalent of post docs only without benefits, office space or enough pay, still it is honest work (yes I know post-docs are really underpaid). In fact I view the practice as a means of reducing costs more than anything else. It might make sense if adjunct profs were employed elsewhere and a school needed skills only available from that prof, but that's not what or how adjuncts are treated.

My guess is that not all of it will stay out-sourced. A number of small
specialty factories in the north couldn't move south because they needed
specially trained skilled workers. Southern school wouldn't train high
school students in some trades because the jobs weren't there.

This is becoming a spiral downward for everyone, I meet people working for the same salary they used to get, only they don't have benefits and they can be terminated at will or at the need of the employer. Eventually, people will realize that a living wage in the US is actually worth paying even if cheaper help is available overseas. For example, I wonder how much it costs to be sure that someone in India actually is doing the work contracted for.

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