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Public schools are at the center of the manufactured breakdown of the fabric of everyday life. They are under attack not because they are failing, but because they are public. Henry Giroux
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1. Landlords try to attack Prop O and hurt CCSF

2. CCSF election offers real choices


1. Fair employment Week in Ontario, CAN

2. Iran: Teachers union supports student protests, led by females, as university and state authorities retaliate <>

3. S Africa: university staffers allege sever mistreatment

4. Britain: With over 80% yes vote, all of UK higher ed votes to strike

5. Hi Joe,
Contingent faculty, members of CUPE 3912, who work at several Halifax-area universities are on strike over wages and other issues.
Here’s a bit about the strike:
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7. Will Greece end university asylum?<>

8. 55,000 Ontario education works strike despite new law <>

and a good piece on the more general importance of this fight

9. UK higher ed  workers vote first nationwide strike



1. Adjunct speak week at Rutgers (NJ)

2. From Who gets the Bird?
And speaking of “illegal” strikes, educators in two school districts in Massachusetts struck and won this week, despite the law. In Malden, MA, workers struck for a day and won a new contract, while in Haverhill, MA it took a little longer, with a judge granting an injunction against the strike, but educators still holding out, coming out with a deal late Thursday. Elsewhere in K-12 unionism, contract negotiations in Elizabeth, NJ are at an impasse.


4. This from Geoff Johnson, chair of the national AFT Part-time and Contingent Caucus

Hi All:

This is Geoff Johnson, AFT-ACC President.
Campus Equity Week is a time of education and activism that draws attention to the working conditions of faculty working on temporary, low-paid contracts, who now constitute the majority of college instructors.

Officially, the date for Campus Equity Week is October 24-28, but what’s more important is that we get the word out about the need for Campus Equity for Adjunct/Contingent Faculty.

Sorry I have not written to you in some time, but among other things I've been tied up in particular with CFT's Part-timeCampaign, writing the CFT Part-Timer, and the redesign of CFT's Campus Equity Week Toolkit. 

Some of you may know that CFT was able to secure some 200 million dollars in ongoing funding for CA part-time community college faculty healthcare, with a general plan of getting any adjunct statewide working over 40% of a full-time load, whether in one, or in multiple districts, insurance equivalent to what their full-time/tenure-track colleagues receive.  

The funding has been secured, but now we have to bargain for it local by local, so it's still a big lift.

This is driving Campus Equity Week activities in CA, but I hope that whether your campuses have something planned, that you can take part in a national Campus Equity Week social media campaign I have posted on the AFT-ACC website, and on the blog Adjunct Crisis.

As you will see here, it's a pretty straightforward and simple campaign designed to make it easy for even the busiest of adjuncts to do simply using facebook, twitter, or instagram.

Please spread the word and take part!

I have also made some slight edits to the AFT-ACC Website "Take Action" page, updating and adding a few items.  The "Legislative Action" and "Letter Campaigns and Action Alerts" Section will be updated as I get info.

I will be posting a Campus Equity Week statement either tomorrow or Wednesday which will also be on YouTube.

Other stuff:

I have reached out recently to Julie Schmid, the Director of AAUP, which recently merged with AFT about bringing in adjunct/contingent members from AAUP locals into the caucus.

There's a lot of other stuff going on and in the works, but between the Student Loan Forgiveness Program and the Midterm Elections, things are on a bit of a standby.  more to come in November.

If you're outside of California and are engaged in an active contract campaign or legislative action/push (budget or legislation), please clue me in, or better yet, tell me where your state or locals are posting this info.  I want to put links to this info on the website or share it on facebook.
I scan the internet when I have the time, but I need your help.

Take care all and in solidarity,

Geoff Johnson
AFT-ACC President

5. CA adjuncts sue over unpaid wages



6. NYU (NY) adjuncts (UAW) authorize strike.


7. Capital U (OH) adjuncts need higher pay

8. Obit for our colleague Pablo Eisenberg, who also served for years on the board of New Faculty Majority

9. Status and hierarchy in academia, a book review‘status-and-culture’-and-academic-caste-system?

10. Good article on organzing queers and adjuncts by our colleague Ann Balay

11. Fordham U (NY) faulty union rallies at inauguration

12. Please see the below press release from UIUC GEO. The press release is also attached in Word and PDF formats, along with an image and link to a video from today's action. 

Thursday, October 27 2022


Chelsea Birchmier 
Bargaining Team Member  

Savannah Wills and Megan Mericle
Communications Officers

University of Illinois Steals Money from 200 Graduate Workers During Contract Negotiations 

Champaign-Urbana, IL - The Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) protests Chancellor Jones’s State of the University address, demanding the University agree to a fair contract and return the wages owed to over 200 graduate workers. 

In the middle of “Graduate Appreciation Week,” the GEO took by storm the State of the University address, where faculty, students and administrators congregated to listen to Chancellor Jones’s “current and future bold plans” for UIUC. GEO interrupted  the address to demand a contract that advances equity for all graduate workers, and for the University to pay the money owed to graduate workers whose appointment letters were not honored. 

“I’m a TA that has taught several hundred students during my time as a graduate worker. I was promised a 3% raise for the start of the school year. Without consulting me they decided to cut my pay at a 3% deduction, which means 300 dollars less. I’ve had to take a second job because graduate workers like myself have now worked 72 days without a contract. The GEO is the one that appreciates me and is going to bat for me, not the University,” said Patrick Hill. 

In addition to submitting an active grievance with the University for the arbitrary changes in wages on nearly 200 assistants’ appointment letters, the GEO is currently negotiating a comprehensive contract that will affect 3,000 workers. Despite the GEO’s good faith efforts in making relevant changes to their proposal to address the “expansiveness” noted by the University, the administration insists that the GEO only focus on wages and health care and drop all other proposals addressing access. justice, health and safety. 

“The GEO’s proposal responds to the very complex needs of all graduate workers including those who are parents, international students, people of color, LGBTQIA+ and disabled. The GEO will not be forced to withdraw on equity proposals addressing non-discrimination, inclusive English proficiency requirements, and child care subsidies. The University fundraised 2.25 billion dollars in their “With Illinois” campaign, and can afford to advance equity and provide wage increases to grad workers that account for inflation,” said Chelsea Birchmier.

The Union will have their next bargaining session tomorrow from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Levis Faculty Center, 3rd floor. The sessions are open for all graduate students to attend once they become members. The Union invited interim Provost, William Bernhard, to the session, who declined the invitation.

The Graduate Employees’ Organization, AFT/IFT Local 6300, AFL-CIO, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, represents approximately 2,700 Teaching and Graduate Assistants on the UIUC Campus. In November 2009 and in February 2018, over 1,000 GEO members and allies participated in a strike to secure a fair contract and a more accessible UIUC campus. With an active presence in the community, the GEO continues to work for high-quality and accessible public education in Illinois.
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13. Bargaining for the Common Good #8

14. Lower enrollments impact adjuncts at Diablo Valley College (CA)

15. Underpaid adjuncts create a lose-lose situation for everyone. Adjunct professors are stressed and students are not receiving the best education they could be, despite spending thousands of dollars on tuition. 

An adjunct professor is a part-time faculty member who is hired contractually.

Adjunct professors earn less pay, receive fewer benefits and do not have the same job security as a full-time professor.

16. CA PT Fac Assoc newsletter

17. National Center for the Study of CB in HE and Prof E-Note for October 2022

18. If you are a student at Rutgers University, you have most likely had professors who are adjuncts, without even realizing it. This past week was meant to give more visibility to adjuncts, during the second-annual Adjuncts Speak Week.

Adjunct faculty came out and described to students their experiences at the University. Teaching multiple classes at different universities, writing curriculum and assessments and being resources to students — they do all of these things, and have the same academic qualifications as full-time faculty, without office space and guarantees of future employment.

Since June, adjunct faculty have not had a contract, yet they continue to teach and engage with students due to their commitment to our education.

19. We are Rutgers’ — and all of academia’s — underpaid and exploited dirty little secret. Part-time lecturers. Adjuncts. Higher education’s gig workers. And the University could not run without us.

University President Jonathan Holloway has acknowledged this. He told members of the Rutgers adjunct faculty union (PTLFC-AAUP-AFT) that “adjunctification” was a problem. Sadly, he also has very publicly claimed that paying us equitably for the work we do is “complicated.” Translation: He does not intend to do anything about the dirty little secret.

Adjuncts at Rutgers teach 30 percent of courses — the same classes taught by tenured faculty, tenure-track faculty and non-tenure-track full-timers. But per hour worked, we get paid a fraction of what they do, and University administration seems content with this as the status quo.

20. The principle of “Equal Pay for Equal Work” as a requirement of federal law will turn 60 years old next year when we celebrate the anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, signed into law by President John F. Kennedy in June 1963. Since then, the concept has become a basic part of American notions of fairness and democracy. It seems simple: people who do the same or substantially similar work should be paid the same. If they aren’t, someone’s being discriminated against.

This is why we were surprised to hear Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway say last month that equal pay for equal work is “a powerful phrase that is compelling on its surface, and it ignores the layers of complexity underneath it.” He was responding to questions at a University Senate meeting about the scandalously low pay for 2,700 Rutgers faculty who are classified as adjuncts.

21. Time to tap labor’s fortress of finances from Labor Notes

22. Labor Notes updates

23. You Tube panel discussion on recent actions in LA CCD and the faculty union there, LACCGuild, AFT

Adjuncts, Equal Pay For Equal Work & Suspension of E. LA Community College AFT1521 Ex Bd Member Khaled Hussain
Adjunct faculty play a critical role in education but they are face desperate conditions with substandard pay, no seniority 
and in most case no benefits and healthcare. There are 30,00 such faculty in California and according to organizers the 
AFT-CFT and CTA refuse to fight for equal pay for equal work and full benefit in negotiations with community college districts. Dr Seyedd Khaled Hussain is an adjunct faculty member at East Los Angeles Community College who was elected at the 
AFT 1521 Executive Board.When he began to challenge the corruption and the systemic discrimination the union president 
James McKeever and union lawyer Lawrence Rosenzweig attempting to coerce him to resign his position. When he refused 
he was suspended without a hearing. Other panelists include: Keith Hoeller, PhD is the co-founnder of the Washington Part-Time Faculty Association Jack Longmate M. Ed. Faculty Member and Author David Milroy, Adjunct Faculty Member In San Diego Community Colleges and San Diego Adjunct Faculty Ass. Chair Rick Baum, CCSF AFT Faculty Member WorkWeek #laborradionetwork #LaborRadioPod #1u #unionstrong Production of Labor Video Project

and more on this story


25. Adjunct union (UAW) reaches cointract agrement with NYU (NY)




26. Overworked and underpaid say adjuncts at Manhatten College

27. Yale agrees to first grad union election in 3 decades

28. Local bargaining for CA CC PT faculty ramps up (to get the millions appropriated by CA legislature)

29. Which side are you on: grad unionization<>

30. Rider U (NY) slashed adjuncts

31. U of CA (statewide) grads and post docs (UAW) vote to strike and tenure-stream faculty association (AAUP-linked) will respect picket line

Thousands of UC researchers, teaching assistants authorize strike across 
10 campuses

By Maya Miller

More than 36,500 academic workers from the University of California 
voted Wednesday night to authorize a strike after the university system 
failed to meet demands that include living wages and child care 
subsidies. They also say the UCs violated labor laws and failed to 
bargain in good faith.


The Council of UC Faculty Associations, which represents dues-paying 
professors in the UC Academic Senate, supports the workers and called on 
UC to start bargaining in good faith — for the sake of workers and 

“As undergraduate enrollments rise, improved working and living 
conditions of academic workers are necessary to provide students with 
the best possible learning conditions,” said Constance Penley, president 
of the Council.

Penley said the Council would encourage senate faculty members to honor 
the picket line in the event of a strike. A sign-on statement sent out 
Wednesday has already garnered over 500 signatures.

“When faculty respect the picket line, we demonstrate in very concrete 
terms that we are unwilling to accept the conditions that have led 
academic workers and researchers at UC to vote for a strike in the first 
place,” Penley said. “It’s one powerful way to communicate that student 
researchers and post-docs are essential to the functioning of UC — and 
their contract should reflect that.”

and from Payday Report
50,000 UC Workers Vote to Strike 
In California, 50,000 University of California graduate employees have overwhelmingly voted over the past week to strike 33,654 to 904. They could go on strike as early as November 14. Graduate employees are protesting being underpaid, as many essentially work full-time jobs as teaching assistants and are being paid $40,000 a year while trying to live in California cities with high costs of living.  “Our teaching assistants do the vast majority of the teaching work for UC, and we do basically all of the research. If these two things stop, the university can’t really function,” Tanzil Chowdhury, a graduate student researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, told the San Francisco Chronicle. For more, check out the San Francisco Chronicle. 

32. 2008 dissertation on full-time NTT faculty in English<>

33. Collin College (TX) faculty union leader wins reinstatement and pay in court suit. [Why was suit carried by FIRE and not the NEA union?]



and <>

33. SEIU union staff strike against union management

34. New Haven , CT, Head Start workers walk out

35. Two solidarity asks at <>
Two new solidarity asks up on the website today: 
   • Participate in the UAP Adjunct Pay Project  (Philly) (AFT)
   • “Housekeepers are essential”: Sign the petition to improve working conditions for Housekeepers at UNC  (UE)
As always, let me know if you have solidarity asks to add.


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36. U of MN adjuncts get student support opposing pay cuts

37. Iowa adjuncts love the work and pay (admin puff piece as news article)

38. WA ST U grads vote to unionize with UAW<>


39. Calvin College (MI) says they will permit faculty dissent from college’s anti-gay institutional views<>

40. U of MD online campus turned to outsourcing with bad results <>

41. Labor Notes Updates

42. CTU (Chicago) leader steps down and new leaders step up

43. NYU adjunct lives off-grid in NY


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