Digital Labor

Emily Barnett


ACT-UAW has represented the Part-Time Faculty at The New School since 2005. In 2004, ACT-UAW won the NLRB election and the New School University’s objections were determined to have no merit.

In October 2004, ACT-UAW was recognized by The New School as the collective bargaining agent for the Part-Time Faculty. The NYU adjunct professors then voted to amalgamate with the New School local. The first Collective Bargaining Agreement with The New School was achieved in 2005.

ACT-UAW is proud to be part of the United Automobile Workers, a union instrumental in achieving fundamental workers rights in this country and one of themost progressive unions on issues of social justice. Our mission is to reaffirm our belief in the dignity, respect and voice of adjuncts/part-time faculty in the workplace. We are committed to the success of The New School and the preservation of the progressive legacy of this University.

Emily Barnett is a painter and printmaker and a Part-Time Assistant Teaching Professor at The New School. She serves as President of ACT-UAW Local 7902, representing Part-Time Faculty at The New School and Adjuncts at NYU. She received the National Association of Women Artists Medal of Honor, and major awards from The Heckscher Museum, The National Academy of Design, West Publishing Company, The City of Seattle, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Stipend. Barnett has exhibited in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Islip Art Museum, Wave Hill Gallery, the Parrish Art Museum, and the New York Society of Etchers. Barnett’s current work includes prints, paintings, collages and drawings that create a playful dialogue through imagery derived from nature and science.

Part-Time Faculty & Online Teaching at The New School
ACT-UAW Local 7902 is the faculty union representing the Part-Time faculty at The New School (85% of the faculty). Our job is to uphold the rights of academic workers and improve our working conditions. We are currently engaged in a struggle for a new contract that will improve job security, wages, and health and pension benefits for our members, including the online faculty. 

This conference can be a valuable forum to discuss issues concerning online teaching. Increasing reliance in higher education on online courses and an increasing online workload for those who teach in the classroom are issues confronting the Part-Time faculty at The New School as well as faculty everywhere.

Freelancers & Unions in the Creative Industries
Sat, November 15
01:30 PM - 04:00 PM