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.

‘Back to school’ like never before

In her September New York Times column, AFT President Randi Weingarten says that going back to school has never looked like it does now. Weingarten explains that because of President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus, which has been chaotic, contradictory and inept, and the lack of federal guidance and funding, we’re seeing a patchwork of school reopening plans across the country.

We just filed for a Union election!

Dear Friends,

My name is Daniel Pieczkolon and I’m an adjunct in the English department at Arcadia University. I’m excited to announce that we’ve just filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board to form a union at Arcadia!

Your Rights as We Organize

A message from Celeste Walker and Gretchen Haertsch, adjunct representatives on the Faculty Senate at Arcadia University, about administration's efforts to shut down the union effort. Click to learn more about your rights as a worker during this organizing drive.