You’d think that for all the talk leftists do about fairness they’d be leading by example and spreading the wealth, but alas, that’s just not the case.

Just look at how colleges and universities are treating their employees and that will give you a sense of the disparities between administration and faculty. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education,  “Tenured faculty represent only 17% of college instructors. Part-time adjuncts are now the majority of the professoriate and its fastest-growing segment.” And that majority is doing all the leg work and getting terrible compensation.

“A 2014 congressional report suggests that 89% of adjuncts work at more than one institution; 13% work at four or more,” the report continues. The paltry amount they’re paid, at even Ivy League schools, is the reason they have to teach at so many places.

In his op-ed for USA Today, University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds says adjunct faculty, who are largely responsible for teaching the required courses, are “the equivalent of serfs, with low pay, no job security, and little in the way of status.”

Meanwhile, tuition continues to rise and that money is flowing from the top down in what Reynolds calls “a two-tier class system” that ensures administrators and tenured professors receive “generous pay and benefits and job security.”

Johns Hopkins professor Benjamin Ginsberg wrote a book called The Fall of the Faculty. In it, he said, “Apparently, when colleges and universities had more money to spend, they chose not to spend it on expanding their instructional resources, i.e. faculty. They chose, instead, to enhance their administrative and staff resources.”

Reynolds believes this is a great opportunity for President Trump to make good on his promise to speak on behalf of every American worker:

A growing army of administrators, standing on the backs of underpaid and overworked adjunct professors, is the kind of exploitative two-tier system that people on the left typically denounce. But now, although there’s a bit of support for graduate students and adjuncts who want to unionize, there’s nothing like the “Fight for 15” movement aimed at ending this unfairness. And, weirdly, no school is hiring “adjunct administrators.”

And that’s an opportunity for President Trump and his administration. After all, Trump has spoken out on behalf of American workers victimized by outsourcing and abusive H1B “guest worker” visas. Universities’ move to replace full-time faculty jobs with poorly paid part-timers is something similar, and offers an opportunity for Trump to stand up on behalf of exploited workers in this important sector of the American economy.

It’s only “fair,” right liberals?

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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