Reports and full presentations from COCAL XII, August 2016, Edmonton, Alberta, CAN:
COCAL is the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor, a 20 year old network of contingent activists and their organizations that does a conference (now tri-national - USA, CAN (including QBC), and MEX) every other year, usually in August. It also sponsors a listserv, called ADJ-L, and has an International Advisory Committee, a website www.cocalinternational.org and Facebook page <https://www.facebook.com/COCALInternational>, as well as this news aggregator, COCAL UPDATES. See below at bottom for details on joining the listserv.
Among the top issues: they are fighting proposals that PASSHE has made that will have a strong negative impact on adjuncts and contingent faculty.
APSCUF is not formally affiliated with AFT or other national unions, but AFT has publicly stood behind them throughout this process. There has been strong support from students, who recognize that the union is fighting to maintain a high quality of education. The union has made significant concessions, but PASSHE's final offer last night was unacceptable.
There are many ways for members of the Caucus to help support APSCUF in this struggle:
-If you are on social media, connect to APSCUF and repost/retweet information they are trying to disseminate.
-There is a faculty member, Kevin Mahoney, who runs Raging Chicken Press (RCP), a venue for information about higher ed issues, especially in PASSHE. Follow him and RCP on FB and Twitter as well.
-share and retweet our social media posts as well
-You can state your support directly to the other side
State System contact information:
-If you are based in or near PA, find out where faculty are striking and join them. In Philadelphia today, members of the city-wide adjunct union (the United Academics of Philadelphia) and the Temple Association of University Professionals will be joining the strike at Cheyney University Center City, 701 Market St. at 1pm. Join us if you are in the area.
APSCUF is a blended union, representing faculty who are tenured/tenure track, contingent/adjunct as well as coaches. It is heartening to see them fight for their precarious faculty members, acting as a model for other similarly structured unions. The State is clearly interested in busting the union. What happens in this struggle will have repercussions for all higher ed faculty unions. Let's do what we can to support their fight.
Jennie Shanker, Sec, AFT Contingent CAucus
Militant unionism: alive and well at Community College of Philadelphia
At Community College of Philadelphia, where I teach English, the faculty and staff have a strong union contract and a history of militant struggle to keep and improve upon what have won over the past four decades. But during this year's contract negotiations, our new President and CCP's Board of Trustees have made take-back demands that would essentially destroy our work lives and standard of living, expecting us to submit to attacks that have weakened unions nationwide and thus to join other workers in the race to the bottom. So I'm proud to report that a few days ago, 50 union members with signs, tee-shirts and buttons jammed a Board of Trustees meeting, where both teachers and staff delivered passionate speeches about how hard we work, how important our jobs are to the residents of Philadelphia, and how angry and insulted we are by the way we're being treated. Believe me, this is only the beginning of what is certain to become a dramatic fight we are determined not to lose. Stay tuned.
UNO leaders told parents in a memo last Thursday that the charter network remained "committed to negotiating in good faith to reach an agreement that is good for students and teachers but works within our financial constraints." More details from the Chicago
About 10 percent of charter school teachers nationwide are unionized. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools' CEO Nina Rees appears to think that's too many: "While
charter school teachers are free to unionize," she said, "doing so can back them into many of the bureaucratic practices that charter schools, by their nature, are trying to avoid - and which don't foster the kind of dedicated innovation we need to serve kids." AFT
President Randi Weingarten will meet today in Chicago with UNO teachers. "While
this would be the first charter school strike in the United States," she said, "the fundamental issues for educators are the same wherever they work.”
31. Why the Humaniities are under attack and how only the adjunct movement can save them
"Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education". by Joe Berry, from Monthly Review Press, 2005. Look at <http://www.reclaimingtheivorytower.org> for full information, individual sales, bulk ordering discounts, or to invite me to speak at an event.
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Plan to attend COCAL XIII in Queretaro, Mexico, at the Autonomous University of Queretaro, August 2018.
See www.cocalinternational.org for reports of COCAL XII Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) and plans for COCAL XIII.
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