COCAL UPDATES, MARCH 10, 2017

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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.
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CCSF NEWS

 
1. Good new summary of CCSF fight up to now. See below.
 
2. Performing Arts Center may finally happen
http://www.sfexaminer.com/ccsf-trustees-revive-plans-build-theater-balboa-reservoir/
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INTERNATIONAL
 
1. Canadian contingents go on strike
This news just in today from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada: 

Contingent faculty at Carleton University had just gone on strike, with the first picket line up for less than two hours, when a settlement—yet to be ratified by the membership-- was announced. You may be able to view this FB video: https://www.facebook.com/joel.harden/videos/1499161840096542/?pnref=story

Strikes, or the threat of striking, if you are in a jurisdiction that allows it, works wonders in moving towards workplace justice.

Gerry Potter
27 years a contingent faculty member
Edmonton, Canada
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UPDATES IN BRIEF AND LINKS
 
1. Unions, tenure and job anxiety
 
2. Campus resistance March 1
 
3. Duke vote count held up by challenged ballots in grad union election
 
4. New Panel Added to March 26-28, 2017 Higher Education Conference
Adjunct Faculty Unemployment Benefits Eligibility

The National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions at Hunter College, City University of New York is pleased to announce the addition of a conference panel that will examine the issue of unemployment eligibility for adjunct faculty and the significance of the new guidance issued by the United States Department of Labor.  The panel will include speakers Jason Myers, Chief Administrative Law Judge, New York State Unemployment Appeals Board, Nancy Cross, SEIU Local 1 Vice President, Louis P. DiLorenzo, Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, and Maria Maisto, New Faculty Majority, Moderator.

Click here for the conference schedule, which will include panels and interactive workshops on collective bargaining and unionization, the financing of higher education, the student debt crisis, research on faculty grievance procedures, professional development for faculty, age discrimination, shared governance, community college issues, Lincoln, Labor, and Race, and many other important topics.
http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/ncscbhep/assets/files/2015%20Conference%20Brochure.pdf
 

Conference Registration and Hotel Reservation Information  

 
Conference registration includes panels and workshops, along with a Sunday evening buffet dinner, and a continental breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday.

Adjunct faculty, post-doctorates, graduate and undergraduate student employees, CUNY faculty, staff and students qualify for special conference registration rates.  For promo codes, contact the National Center.
 
5. Barnard adjuncts win $10,000 per course. Tim,e for a $25,000 manifesto? (PD Lasko of Adjunct Advocate)
 
6. Colorado’s PT profs brace for another year with no raise
 
7. Political strikes and how we can protect ourselves
 
8. Report on campus protest on SEIU’s day of resistance
 
9. Boston U students and faculty union march on president’s ofice protesting corporatization of U
 
10. Ithaca College admin attempts to restrict picketers there.
In case you missed this item.
 *** PICKETERS ON IC PROPERTY WARNED OF "LEGAL PROCEEDINGS" Following rallies by Ithaca College's contingent faculty, the Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management sent a letter to union representative Chris Machanoff warning him about the consequences of protesting at the entrance of the campus. The picketers are required to remain outside of IC's property, and are not allowed to block entrances to campus. Public safety director Bill Kerry noted that the letter was not aimed to stop the protests, but instead to ensure traffic and pedestrian safety. Currently, IC contingent faculty are bargaining with the college's administration for higher pay and increased job stability.
 
While the college presented their most significant compensation increase offer so far during bargaining sessions on February 20 and 24, the union turned down the offer and has yet to decide if it will proceed with future negotiations. IC faculty member Brody Burroughs noted that the union may still choose to strike.
 
See "Public Safety warns union representative of legal action", at https://theithacan.org/news/public-safety-warns-unions-representatives-of-legal-action/,
by Grace Elletson, The Ithacan, Mar 02 2017
 
11. CA St Fullerton pt lecturer suspended for assaulting a pro-Trump student, but no evidence. Union, CFA, is defending him
 
12. The administrative fiction of faculty workloads
 
13. Summer organizer training opportunities for students with SEIU 32 B-J in a number of eastern states. See below for details.
 
14. Reform measures for workers before NYC City Council. These sorts of measures would help us too. From Morning Shift
TODAY: NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL TAKES UP LABOR BILLS: A New York City Council committee will consider six labor bills today, four of which would affect fast food workers. One would bar fast food employers from so-called "clopenings," in which a worker must close and then open a restaurant in two consecutive shifts. Under the proposal, employers would need to pay an employee $100 for each "clopening" shift. The second bill would require fast food employers to offer shifts to existing employees before it hired new ones. The third bill would require fast food employers to give workers their schedules two weeks in advance or provide "predictability pay." The fourth bill would allow fast food employees to use payroll deductions to contribute to a non-profit of their choice. The fifth bill would prohibit retailers from using on-call scheduling and from giving employees less than 20 hours' work over any two-week period. The sixth would prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who asked for a change to their work arrangement.

Labor unions and worker advocacy groups, including SEIU 32BJ, Better Balance, and the National Organization for Women-New York City, are pushing the City Council to adopt the bills. But Michael Saltsman, research director of the Employment Policies Institute, says they would "reduce job opportunities and flexibility by hamstringing businesses' ability to react to consumer demand.”
 
15. American U grad file for union recognition (SEIU 500)
 
16. In higher ed, loyalty is a one-way street
 
17. Big for-proft tries to go non-profit in sale. Devos is tested.
from Morning Education
EDMC SALE COULD TEST DEVOS ON FOR-PROFITS: One of the nation's largest for-profit college chains is poised to go nonprofit through a sale to a Los Angeles-based foundation - a deal that requires sign-off from accreditors and the Education Department and could provide an early test for how the department will approach for-profits under DeVos' leadership. The Dream Center Foundation announced late last week it would buy the struggling Education Management Corporation, which has laid off hundreds of workers, stopped enrolling at many of its campuses and closed many others. The acquisition includes EDMC's Art Institutes, Argosy University and South University. The deal does not include Brown Mackie College, which ceased enrolling students at nearly all of its campuses last summer. More on the sale here.

- Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey wants the Education Department to stop the sale, arguing it's a "shameful attempt to avoid the rules put in place to stop its continued abuse of students and taxpayers." In 2015, EDMC agreed to pay $95.5 million as a result of two major settlements to resolve allegations stemming from its recruiting practices. The company, which once boasted more than 150,000 students, has seen enrollment plummet; it also has been the target of multiple attorneys-general investigations, including by Healey. Her argument might have had a receptive audience from former President Barack Obama's Education Department, which blocked some for-profits from going non-profit and imposed strict conditions on sales of the colleges.

- DeVos is an ardent supporter of private schools and previously invested in for-profit education companies. For-profit colleges, meanwhile, have seen stocks surge since the election. The New York Times reported last month that DeVry Education Group's stock has jumped more than 40 percent, Strayer University's has risen by 35 percent and Grand Canyon Education's up by better than 28 percent. Trump once ran a for-profit venture, Trump University, and late last year agreed to a $25 million settlement to resolve allegations that the company defrauded its students. Few expect his administration to continue his predecessor's aggressive approach toward the sector.
 
18. Some good news from our colleague Lydia Snow at Northeastern U in Chicago
On Mar 5, 2017, at 8:07 AM, lydsnow . <lydsnow2@gmail.com> wrote:
 
Hello Caucus!  

The resolution did pass at the House of Delegates in Springfield yesterday and afterwards the new field service rep came up to me and wants to talk about organizing more support for contingent faculty in Illinois for IFT. He was just hired in December and has done most of his organizing with contingent faculty. So I feel as if it was worth sharing this even if it isn't what everyone agrees on. Here is the text of my speech yesterday:  The resolution was amended to take the Luther part out and the unemployment part out because some of the locals have cafeteria workers that are hired and fired on 9 month contracts and they thought this would present an issue. (Whoah). But still they agreed to everything else. 


Hello my name is Lydia Snow and I am a part time music instructor at Northeastern Illinois University. This resolution is a part of a bigger national movement that I’m sure you are familiar with that is organizing contingent faculty across the nation and the world as well. In England and Scotland and Australia they call adjunctification the casualization of faculty.  Everyone introduced to our campaign needs to understand, along the lines of the announcement we made in late October of 2016, that we have a theme that represents our simple one-sentence message for CEW 2017 that we hope people will enact in whatever way is feasible and befitting according to their own local circumstances and resources. We do not have a specific manifesto, position statement, or political platform we require participants to endorse. This is the message:

“mAsk4campusEquity 2017 (actions culminating on October 31) honors the tradition of creative public protest that has changed the world, and Asks higher education stakeholders to unmask and correct practices that undermine the faculty mission of discovering and sharing knowledge with students.”

The effort we envision is that through artistic means we will bring attention to the plight of contingent faculty. By tying together all of the different issues that are affecting public education in a broader political way we hope to bring attention to the plight of the adjunct professor but as well to the dismantling of public education and the human right to teach. I hope you will join us in our efforts by voting yes and feel free to contact me or others to find out more about the upcoming website which will have ideas for collaborative demonstrations through artistic projects this coming October. Thank you.
In solidarity!
Lydia 

19. Job at UC Berkeley Labor Center
Hi All,

Our center is hiring a new Director of Student Programming position: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01276 

We are looking for someone who has a Ph.D, can combine organizing and teaching,  and who can put together and teach a labor studies curriculum at Berkeley! This person will help build up engagement and programming for Berkeley students interested in labor issues. Please circulate widely!

Thanks,
Alicia 

19. NLRB upholds Columbia U grad union vote
 
20. Interesting article on free speech, both that of racists and of students who protest them
 
21. From our colleague Lewis Seagull <biglew1027@gmail.com>  on his long-running and potentially precedent-setting case against Kean U in NJ
Update: Seagull v. Chandler

A lawsuit filed In New Jersey in 2015 against Kean University by an adjunct faculty member survived a motion to dismiss on Friday. At issue is whether the professor, who at the time was also a student in a Master's Degree program, can get damages for retaliatory discharge as an employee for claiming a violation of this federal rights as a student.

The adjunct professor is challenging the traditional notion that as "at-will" employees, adjunct faculty have no recourse when their contracts are not renewed. If successful, the lawsuit will establish the principle that when the discharge of an adjunct faculty member is in retaliation for asserting federal rights, such discharge violates public policy, and is actionable. 

For more information, contact Lewis Seagull at biglew1027@gmail.com, or view his "Adjunct Litigation" blog at http://adjunctlitigation.blogspot.com/ 
 
22. Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN) annual conference June 8 at Howard U in DC. Call for proposals due March 17. See below for details.
 
23. New website on contingents associated with MLA, Cynthia Current, Chair of MLA's Contingent Labor in the Profession Committee sent this to a friend:

"We developed a website last year called Contingent (https://contingent.mla.hcommons.org) and are working to solicit a wider range of materials than just what committee members contribute. While the Committee’s central focus has been on the contingent labor of adjuncts and fixed term faculty, we are increasingly collaborating with other committees under a broader rubric of what counts as contingency and precarity in the Humanities and university life. For example, at the 2018 MLA, we are collaborating with the MLA Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada, and we would like to establish this level of collaboration on our side.
 
24. From Morning Shift
DISPARITY BETWEEN LAYOFFS AND UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS: "There is a growing gap between the number of workers losing their jobs and the number applying for unemployment benefits, and it's not entirely clear why," Jeffrey Sparshott writes in the Wall Street Journal. "Layoffs have been stable since 2013. Claims have continued to drop." Among the possible reasons for the disparity, Sparshott writes, are "tenuous work arrangements" and "difficulty applying for benefits... A more positive explanation could include the relative ease of job-hopping in an expanding labor market." Read more here.
 
25. Cornell U (NY) grad workers move toward uniopn election
CORNELL GRAD WORKERS MOVE TOWARD ELECTION: Graduate students who work as teaching and research assistants at Cornell intend to file a petition to organize now that they've secured the 1,200 signatures needed to trigger an election. Members of Cornell Graduate Students United, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, will deliver the petition to administrators Wednesday. More from the Cornell Daily Sun here.
 
26. New from the Tompkins-Cortland CC Adjunct Assoc.
On Mar 3, 2017, at 12:25 PM, TC3AdjunctAssociation TC3AdjunctAssociation <tc3adjunctassociation@gmail.com> wrote:
 
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
 
As most of you probably remember, back in June of 2015 the TC3 Adjunct Association (TC3AA), the Tompkins-Cortland Community College Faculty Association (the union which represents fulltime faculty), and the College participated in a hearing at the Public Employment Relations Board (or "PERB," the State entity that oversees unions and employers in the public sector). The TC3AA and the Faculty Association argued that the TC3AA (the union for adjuncts and tutors at the College) should be separate from the existing faculty union. The College argued that the adjunct union and the fulltime union should be merged.
 
Recently we received word that Judge Carlson of the Public Employment Relations Board has ruled in our favor that the TC3 Adjunct Association should be a stand alone union! We submitted the requisite paperwork to show that the TC3AA has the majority support of the adjuncts and tutors at the College. Once PERB has verified this they will "certify" the TC3AA as the official union for the College's adjuncts and tutors. We know getting to this step has been a long and often frustrating process with unfortunate delays but now we are literally almostdone.
 
But we're almost done with the FIRST step. Now we need to turn our attention to building our organization and preparing for negotiations. When we met with representatives from TC3 management after the judge issued his ruling, we were pleased to hear that the College is interested in settling a contract with the TC3AA as soon as possible. That's great news, but there will be a lot of work needed to make it happen. We are up for the task!

We are very excited at this long awaited moment and we hope we can continue to count on your support and encouragement as we move toward in the coming weeks and months to build a strong union and win a fair contract for TC3 adjuncts and tutors!
 
Sincerely and On Behalf of the TC3AA Executive Council,
Herman Altmann (Biology), Cindy Coleman (Sociology), Nancy Crane (Modern Languages/Spanish), Barbara  Need (English), Pat Sewell (Environmental Studies), Sherry Tacktill (English), Gregg Weatherby (English), Diane Williams-Altmann (Biology)
 
28. AFL-CIO Pres. Trumka meets with POTUS, again. [Is this the right message to be sending?] from Morning Shift
TRUMKA, TRUMP: WHAT DID THEY SAY?: Trump and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka met Tuesday afternoon to discuss trade and infrastructure, among other topics. The North American Free Trade Agreement was on the agenda, according to the White House. Trumka said stagnant wages, offshoring, and a loss of workplace rights surfaced at the sit down. "I also talked to the president about policies that allow Wall Street and corporations to take advantage of workers while lowering wages and stripping workers of rights," he said in a written statement. The union leader has cautiously moved ahead with overtures to the White House since the election. In January, Trumka visited Trump Tower. He was named to the president's manufacturing jobs initiative later that month.
 
29. Charter school teachers in Chicago may strike
DATE SET FOR CHICAGO CHARTER STRIKE: Unionized teachers and staff at the ASPIRA charter school network in Chicago said today they plan to go on strike March 17 if they do not reach an agreement on their contract with charter leaders, the Chicago Tribune reports. The strike at ASPIRA - which operates four campuses with roughly 100 educators - would be the first by privately run charter school teachers in the country. More here.
 
30. Schools close on International Women’s Day, Day without Women
SCHOOLS CLOSE FOR 'A DAY WITHOUT A WOMAN' Some schools are closing their doors today as teachers and administrators participate in "A Day Without A Woman ." It's also International Women's Day, and "A Day Without A Woman" is meant to recognize "the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system - while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity," according to the website. The action is organized by the Women's March on Washington, which drew millions of people to D.C. and cities across the globe in protest of Trump administration proposals.

- Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia said in a statement that more than 300 staff members have requested leave for today. "This is not a decision that was made lightly," the district said in a statement. "The decision is based solely on our ability to provide sufficient staff to cover all our classrooms, and the impact of high staff absenteeism on student safety and delivery of instruction. It is not based on a political stance or position." Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools in North Carolina will also be closed because the school system expects to be shorthanded.

- D.C. Public Schools will remain open. Chief of Schools John Davis said, "DCPS schools are and will continue to be safe places for all students ... While some may plan to attend this week's walkout on International Women's Day, all students and staff are expected to be in school throughout the day so that teaching and learning can continue." He added, "We encourage staff and students to use this as an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women through classroom discussion and activities.”
 
31. Chicago adjuncts demonstrate on day of action
 
and similarly at St. Louis U
 
32. Barnard (NYC) adjuncts (SEIU) sign groundbreaking deal for pay 
 
33. Labor must embrace the anti-Trump resistance broadly
 
34. New report: Temporary Work, Permanent Abuse
 
35. More for our colleague Richard Moser and his blog Be Freedom, this one on the white working class, racism and the origons of both. {As a historian myself, this is a must read.]
 
36. Yale grads unionize
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CCSF UPDATES IN FULL
1. City College Won—And the Fight is ON! Now it’s time to rebuild our community treasure, for a future of education for all

The official story: “City College’s accreditation was re-affirmed for seven years because it worked hard to meet standards.” The reality: The college suffered a highly politicized attack by a corporate-influenced accreditation agency. The ACCJC is part of a bipartisan education “reform” network that brought us Arne Duncan and now Betsy DeVos as US Secretary of Education.

Victory Won!

Yes, hard-working people at the college submitted a 950-page report to the ACCJC. But in the bigger picture, City College remains open and accredited thanks to hundreds of people who organized, mobilized and pushed back on many levels—students, faculty and AFT 2121, staff, and community members. We built wide support and did direct action, using the courts and local government. Students sat in on campus and at City Hall, building ties with other schools and community movements; faculty struck for the first time in CCSF’s 80 years; rallies and marches drew thousands of people; we spoke statewide and testified in Washington DC. This resistance kept the school open and turned back a vicious anti-union attack. The movement has secured an inspiring free tuition program that even with its limitations is one of the most comprehensive in the US.

Damage Done

Since the accreditation crisis hit in 2012, City College has bled students, staff and classes. It has lost close to 1/3 of its students, over 200 teachers, and 1,216 classes, with more cuts promised. Irreplaceable college property has been turned over to developers to build luxury housing. This is no accident. The accreditation crisis was a “shock treatment” designed to bring CCSF in line with state policies to reshape community colleges on more corporate-friendly lines. See other side for more...

The Fight is On

Rebuild the School: Last year CCSF administration announced that it would cut out 26% of the school’s classes by 2020, and it is moving swiftly with the cuts. Classes are cut before the semester starts, without giving them a chance to fill. This deprives students of options and discourages enrollment. Classes that have low enrollment one semester may get killed forever. We need an administration committed to rebuilding the school, not downsizing it.

Stop the Land Grabs: Public land, including City College land, should not be sold for private profit! We see the consequences of this policy in the proposal to take over MUB classrooms for offices. The unelected special trustee started the process of putting 33 Gough Street on the market with a 75-year lease. Last fall the deal was signed. Now the administration is rushing to move workers from 33 Gough into the MUB—into the best classrooms in the district, facilities specially designed for Child Development and Health Education, built by a bond designated for “instructional facilities.” Please sign the petition to save the MUB for students!

More information about the Save City College Coalition: www.saveccsf.org. Write info@saveccsf.org to get occasional email alerts. More info on other side. Labor donated.

    
CCSF’s Accreditation Crisis: Retooling the School for Profit

Since 1935, City College of San Francisco has offered hundreds of thousands of students new dreams and second chances, a step up the education ladder or into life in the US. In 2007 the New York Times called it one of the top eleven community colleges in the country. But in July 2012, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) stunned the city by sanctioning the beloved institution. In July 2013, the ACCJC demanded City College’s closure one year out.

This highly politicized attack was payback for CCSF’s role on social justice issues, and the set-up for land grabs. CCSF led opposition to the state “Student Success Act” of 2012, which brought the education “reform” project to the community college level, spearheaded by the California Business Roundtable. The ACCJC, though it is a supposedly neutral agency, was one of the measure’s loudest supporters. A month before the accreditation bombshell was dropped, the SF Chronicle called for downsizing and closing CCSF campuses as the way to “save the college” (see June 1, 2012). The Chronicle is owned by the Hearst Corporation, a major real estate corporation.

Corporate Education Reform Goes to College: Who Stands to Gain?

The Student Success Act represents the same corporate privatization strategy that has been used in the K-12 world since the 1980s. So far, over 6000 K-12 public schools have been closed down, replaced mainly by corporate chain charter schools. Now the same playbook has jumped the fence to the community colleges. The goals:
 
    • Downsize affordable and high-quality community colleges to expand predatory for-profit schools that cost 17 times as much as City College, requiring huge student loans;
 
    • Abandon open access for all community members, ending the concept of community colleges as the place for second and third chances, for grandma, students with disabilities, new immigrants and working night school students taking one class at a time;
 
    • Erode or dismantle ethnic studies and social justice programs won in the 60s and 70s, along with English language learning, the arts, lifelong learning, PE and world languages;
 
    • Focus on full-time students bound for the corporate workforce;
 
    • Convert to a fast-food-model, part-time faculty with lower pay, benefits and security;
 
    • Fork over prime college land to real estate developers in rapidly gentrifying San Francisco

Accreditation crisis brings state takeover, rule of austerity

California used the accreditation crisis to justify a state takeover, with the un-elected Community College Board of Governors suspending the elected local Board of Trustees. A “Special Trustee with Extraordinary Powers” (STWEP) made unilateral decisions for the school from 2013-15, including decisions to sell off land to developers, and halt construction of the Performing Arts Education Center. Power was restored to the elected Board in January 2016, and two new, progressive members were elected in November. But the current top administrators were appointed by the STWEP. Will they continue to operate under the logic of austerity, obedient to the mandate of shrinking the school and re-engineering it into a narrow focus on corporate workforce education?

Now, even though accreditation has been won, that logic must be reversed. We must reclaim and rebuild our school as a large, community-serving, open access institution—next stop, 80,000 students!

Coming up: Student Solidarity Committee Teach-in event on Wednesday March 22, 12-2pm, in MUB

370 at the Ocean Campus. Campaign launch at #OurCityCollege
For more information: http://www.saveccsf.org. History and analysis: “School Reforms and Land Grabs Threaten SF’s Community College,” in Race, Poverty & the Environment magazine, available online at http://www.reimaginerpe.org.
 
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13. I was asked to pass this on with the hope that UALE members might share it with students and/or other colleagues.

SEIU 32BJ is pleased to announce the New Organizer Training Program!  

The New Organizer Training Program is an opportunity for aspiring organizers to learn and practice the skills the need to organize for change.  This program is for individuals who are ready and interested in an organizing career path.  Please see the attached link for additional information and to apply: http://www.seiu32bj.org/the-2017-32bj-seiu-new-organizer-training-program/.

The 32BJ New Organizer Training Program formerly known as the Summer Brigade program offers a unique opportunity for aspiring organizers to learn the basics of workers organizing and about how the labor movement works. The program offers hands-on organizing experience through campaign field work, moving workers to take action, winning change as well as combined regular labor history and skill building workshops.
 
Participants in the program will build skills in: conversations with low-wage workers at home and in the workplace about the power of a union; identifying workplace leaders; mapping a workplace; mobilizing workers to take action; supporting and planning protests, demonstrations, and actions. The new organizer training program will put your skills into action in our following locations: New York, New Jersey, Boston, Florida, Philadelphia and the Washington DC area. Strengthen and develop your skills for campaigns of all kinds!
 
Successful participants may be invited to our job-track Organizing Fellowship program upon completion of this program.
 
 
Stuart Eimer, Ph.D
Chair, Department of Sociology
Associate Professor of Sociology
Widener University
One University Place, Chester, PA 19013
p: 610-499-4640
speimer@widener.edu
Office: Kapelski Learning Center 229 B 
Keep Widener and the planet green. Think about the environment before you print this.
 
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22. From: Benjamin Woods
Date: Mar. 3, 2017 at 01:42 pm
Subject: [LRAN] LRAN National Conference 2017 Call for Workshops and Proposals
Category: LRAN Annual Conference
 

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. LRAN conferences have always included a broad range of workshops proposed and organized by attendees from both labor, NGO’s, and academia. Past workshops have included the topics of privatization, racial and gender justice, the public sector and more. We are currently accepting proposals for LRAN workshops that fall within the core thematic areas mentioned below. 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 are accepted, including panels, workshops, trainings, film showings and strategy sessions.

Submissions are due by Friday March 17th. Proposals are being collected through this form:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_8JNrji3dfnWNN8HKCtypt6n9glNlQm4bcSq49XMVw4/edit?usp=sharing


For More information see the Call for Workshops and Proposals attached. 
In Solidarity,

Benjamin Woods
Researcher
Jobs With Justice
Phone: 202.393.1044 x118
1616 P Street NW, Suite 150
Washington, DC 20036           
www.jwj.org  
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RESOURCES:

"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. 

To receive the periodic news aggregator, COCAL Updates, Email <joeberry@igc.org>  It is archivedathttp://precaritydispatches.tumblr.com/COCAL-Updates-Archive 

To join international COCAL listserve email <http://adj-l.org/mailman/listinfo/adj-l_adj-l.org> If this presents problems, send an e-mail to vtirelli@aol.com or, send "Subscribe" to <adj-l@adj-l.org

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. <www.Newfacultymajority.info>

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. Reports and full presentations  from COCAL XII, August 2016, Edmonton, Alberta, CAN:   see https://sites.google.com/site/cocalxii/home
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