To the Editor:
I have taught Bioethics at Tufts as a part-time faculty member for over twenty years. The Philosophy Department has always been welcoming, supportive and scrupulously fair to me. The Tufts’ administration has never given me cause for personal complaint either. However, had I not been employed elsewhere with strong union protection (at UMass/Boston), my career as a lecturer at Tufts would have likely left me with- out health insurance, without a pen- sion and without any job security – as it has so many of my part-time Tufts colleagues. As the initial round of negotiations gets underway between the university and the at-last represented part-time faculty, I am hopeful that the entire Tufts community will encourage university management to create just working conditions for part-time teachers. To strive for anything less is incompatible with Tuft’s history, mission and self-understanding.
Sincerely, Mitchell Silver Department of Philosophy