Adjunct faculty at Temple University want to form a union. They filed authorization cards on Wednesday with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board seeking to be represented by the United Academics of Philadelphia and the Temple Association of University Professionals, officials said.

The university employs approximately 1,100 adjuncts.

"Being able to negotiate over meaningful job security and knowing whether I'll be able to return to Temple next semester will improve the educational experience for my students," Elizabeth Spencer, an organizing committee member and Temple adjunct English professor, said in a statement. "By negotiating a fair contract with Temple, I know I'm working toward providing stability for my family." - Kristen A. Graham