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UAP: Who We Are

United Academics of Philadelphia, American Federation of Teacher’s (AFT) Local 9608 is a union dedicated to making higher education sustainable for the 15,000 adjunct professors teaching in Philadelphia-area colleges. We are organizing to build collective bargaining power, community and resources for a vital yet underrepresented majority of university faculties. Education is a public good, so we need to provide our students with a secure, respected faculty. Together, we can achieve what we cannot as individuals. Join us.

Know Your Rights

Most contingent faculty at both private and public universities have the legal right to join or support a union and to engage in collective bargaining. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) now requires most employers to post a notice advising employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Under the NLRA, workers have the right to:

UAP Mission Statement

United Academics of Philadelphia, American Federation of Teacher’s (AFT) Local 9608 is an organization that seeks to unify and support the nearly 15,000 adjunct instructors currently working in Philadelphia-area colleges. As a vital but often underrepresented element of higher education, we believe that together we can accomplish what we cannot achieve as individuals.  To ensure respect, security, fair pay and benefits from our institutions of employment, UAP is advocating for the unionization of adjuncts at Philadelphia-area colleges.