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From: Joe Berry <>
Date: January 31, 2017 at 1:48:19 AM PST
To: Joe Berry <>
Cc: Joe Berry <>

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 and Facebook page <>, as well as this news aggregator, COCAL UPDATES. See below at bottom for details on joining the listserv.

GREAT Quote for the new year from US Labor Against the War, authored by Michael Eisenscher, their organizer emeritus.

See it at


1. Compliation of reports on CSF winning accreditation battle, Coalition Save CCSF
3. CFT CA Teacher report on CCSF strike,-sep-oct-2016/...
1. Hi everyone,

Attached is a call for papers for the Precarious Academic Labour in The Age of Neoliberalism Conference which is set to take place in Kelowna, British Columbia May 5 through 7th.    Please spread this notice amongst your networks.

The website for the conference is found here:

They have a great keynote speaker lined up.  I believe you can register for the conference on the website.

In Solidarity,

Weldon Cowan

Weldon Cowan
Staff Representative
Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC
400-550 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC  V5Z 1A1
tel:   604-873-8988
fax:  604-873-8865
cell:  604-785-4295
1. America’s great working class colleges
2. Northeastern U (Boston) food service workers to strike
3. Uber to pay $20 million for lying to (contingent) drivers (from Morning Shift)
UBER TO PAY $20 MILLION OVER MISLEADING CLAIMS TO DRIVERS: The rideshare company Uber agreed Thursday to pay $20 million to resolve charges by the Federal Trade Commission that it misled drivers with exaggerated claims about earning and vehicle financing. The haul will be used to refund affected drivers, according to the FTC.

"The FTC alleges that Uber claimed on its website that uberX drivers' annual median income was more than $90,000 in New York and over $74,000 in San Francisco," the commission said in a statement. According to the FTC complaint, the annual median income for drivers was actually $61,000 in New York and $53,000 in San Francisco. "In all, less than 10 percent of all drivers in those cities earned the yearly income Uber touted."

An Uber spokesperson said in a statement the company was "pleased" to reach the agreement with the FTC. "We've made many improvements to the driver experience over the last year and will continue to focus on ensuring that Uber is the best option for anyone looking to earn money on their own schedule," the spokesperson said. Read the complaint here.
4. Northeastern U dining hall workers to strike in show of solidarity with immigrants (Morning Shift)
NORTHEASTERN DINING HALL WORKERS TO STRIKE: Dining hall workers at Northeastern University will walk off the job at noon Friday to join protests against the inauguration of President-elect Trump. The employees, members of UNITE HERE Local 26, want to show solidarity with immigrant families, and plan to resume work Saturday morning. In October, members of the same union held a three-week strike at Harvard to demand better salaries and halt any increase in healthcare costs for dining hall workers there..
5. Teachers protest Trump all over nation
and from AFT, including a sentence about AFT 2121 at CCSF
6. CN UNITE-HERE using money to fund member-organizerson leave rather than staffers
7. MLK’s strike strategy advice still relevant today (from Memphis 1968)
8. Some very interesting organizing ideas for this period
9. U of CA/Berkeley grad union talks about their inauguration day walkout
10. Adjunct union at Montclair State U (NJ) circulates petition supporting Dreamers
11. Women’s marches may have been largest in history (good summary article)
12. This week’s
13. Geo Wash U (DC) to hire more FT, fewer adjuncts [could the union win have anythiong to do with this?]
14. If famous novelists were adjuncts
15. Sec. of Ed nominee DeVoss is brother to Blackwater (contractor for mercenaries) founder Prince, a key Trump advisor
16. More on adjunct unemployment benefits
17. CA conference March 5-6, 20127
Hi Everyone,

On behalf of the FACCC Part-Time Committee, I would like to remind you of the upcoming Advocacy and Policy Conference:  Our New Realties in California and Washington, D.C., March 5-6.  On Sunday, March 5, there will be a session specifically focusing on part-time concerns:  Empowering Part-Time Faculty.

If you haven’t yet registered, be sure to do so before the registration fee increases.  Until January 31, the rate for part-time faculty is $90.00.  After the 31st, it increases to $95.00.

For more information about the conference, including the preliminary agenda and hotel accommodations, please visit the event page at:

I look forward to seeing many of you there.

In Unity,

Mary Ellen Goodwin
FACCC Part-Time Faculty Officer
18. Labor Research and Action Network conference, June 6-7, Washington, DC. See below for details.
19. U of CA (AFT) writing instructors begin to organize systemwide
19. Interesting new article from Labor Studies Journal on organizing contingent warehouse workers in LA
20. Also from LSJ, After Friedrichs, what should labor do? (collection of pieces, including one from AFT National director of organizing Phil Kugler
21. From the Sept-Oct AAUP Academe, Can the Adjunct speak: by our colleague Eve Swidler
Very good piece. Highly recommended
22. Turning the march into a movement
23. Our fellow contingent workers in the building trades allow themselves to be played for fools by Trump
24. NLRB says Yale grads may vote separately by department for union or not
25. New edition of the Journal of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education
26. Is UNO (LA) tqaking advantage of adjuncts
27. Petition to tell Columbia U admin to respect grads vote to unionize
28. New study on adjunct organizing in private higher ed
29. This week’s issue of
18. From: Benjamin Woods
Date: Jan. 25, 2017 at 04:43 pm
Subject: [LRAN] LRAN National Conference 2017 Call for Papers
Category: LRAN Annual Conference
Hello LRAN,

The 2017 Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN) national conference will be held Thursday, June 8th and Friday, June 9th at Howard University in Washington DC, hosted by the Department of Political Science. Scholars, labor practitioners, and activists from across the country will convene to share news ideas and lessons learned, and connect around research and campaign work. We hope this conference is an opportunity to develop an offensive strategy in the changed political climate, at a moment of backlash against advancements we’ve been making over 50 years.

LRAN invites those interested to submit ideas that fit within at least one of the following tracks. We encourage proposals that illustrate the role of research in illuminating these issues and informing campaigns. We also encourage a range of speakers, including those directly impacted by the issues raised in the tracks. A wide range of formats is accepted, including panels, workshops, trainings, film showings and strategy sessions.

Submissions are due by Friday March 17th. Proposals are being collected through this form:

For More information see the Call for Papers attached. 
In Solidarity,

Benjamin Woods
Jobs With Justice
Phone: 202.393.1044 x118
1616 P Street NW, Suite 150
Washington, DC 20036    


"Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education". by Joe Berry, from Monthly Review Press, 2005. Look at <> for full information, individual sales, bulk ordering discounts, or to invite me to speak at an event. 

To receive the periodic news aggregator, COCAL Updates, Email <>  It is archivedat 

To join international COCAL listserve email <> If this presents problems, send an e-mail to or, send "Subscribe" to <

Join the national membership organization for contingent faculty and their allies, New Faculty Majority (NFM). Support, resources,and strategies for all things related to precarious faculty. <>

Plan to attend COCAL XIII in Queretaro, Mexico,  at the Autonomous University of Queretaro, August 2018. 
See for reports of COCAL XII Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) and plans for COCAL XIII. Reports and full presentations  from COCAL XII, August 2016, Edmonton, Alberta, CAN:   see
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