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  •  Adjuncts are a product of the H-1b system (3+ / 0-)
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    J Orygun, IT Professional, orlbucfan

    The H-1B system, which brings the ability of hundreds of thousands (cumulatively) of workers who are not citizens to work here brings a HUGE increase in oversupply of academic workers. Oversupply = ability to use workers at lower pay.

    You want to end the adjunct system? Cut the over supply of workers.

    I have a Ph.D, my wife an MBA and is ABD in French. We have both strongly cautioned our ambitious and talented children to very carefully consider their options if they consider grad school. Today, there is a huge oversupply of grads in almost every area. This means that an advanced degree means that you may be doing a menial job (if you can get hired) with an advanced degree.

    If we have a huge oversupply, we will find that workers are hugely exploited. If you are concerned about adjuncts, end the H-1B system. Oh, and don't forget the J-1, L-1, F-1, O-1, B-1, and other temporary worker visas. These all are destroying the middle class.

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