I see nothing revolting at all in the "treatment" of adjuncts by colleges. Nobody guaranteed these employees anything other than to be paid for their work. Less work less pay. The colleges didn't invent obamacare, they are simply reacting to it in a rational fashion.
Hey, ease up on the adjuncts will ya!
I staffed a college school for several years- the adjuncts did the best teaching and we paid them peanuts. They were by and large better organized, more entrepreneurial and more responsive to students than the tenured/tenure track. When I had to tighten up the budget and get my tenured colleagues to pick up more of the teaching load- it was a complete headache. It got in the way of their “research.”
IN the NYC tristate region adjuncts are paid less than minimum wage, and can be fired without cause on a whim, while tenured professors total compensation has increased at more than double the rate of inflation for the last 14 years and they can not be fired even when they murder 12 year old boys in the Uni library.
The Uni system is very very broken.