SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— About 100 professors, students and their supporters staged a noontime walkout of classes at the San Francisco Art Institute. Wednesday’s action was part of a national movement where adjunct professors and non-permanent college instructors united in a call for better pay and job security.

The first-ever “National Adjunct Walkout Day” was just one of several local college campuses that took part in the protests.

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Organizer Jennifer Smith Camejo with SEIU Local 1021 said they want to bring attention to the current trend in higher education nationwide.

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“You have in many cases, a super majority of faculty who have absolutely no say in how their schools are run, have no job security from one semester to the next, are not even paid a living wage and usually have no health benefits or retirement benefits,” she said.

Art Institute adjunct instructor Jessica Beard said her two main issues are job security and pay.
“If I were to lose my very rent-controlled apartment, there’s no way I could afford to live here on what I make teaching at two different schools, sometimes a full load; two courses at each school.
she said.

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Organizers called on colleges to raise standards and improve conditions for adjuncts. Supporters of the teaching structure argue it helps keep costs down and that some faculty actually prefer it.