COCAL UPDATES, MARCH 21, 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. Rent hike could force closure of CCSF Fort Mason arts campus
 
2. Admin’s policy of cutting classes and faculty is hurting enrollment
 
3. Another article on Free City College, from In These Times
http://inthesetimes.com/article/19950/making-college-free-again-san-francisco-tuition
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INTERNATIONAL
 
1. Kenyan leturers on strike since January to enforce existing CBA
 
2. Teachers unions spark call for general strike in Argentina
 
3. Part-time lecturers are the norm in Kenya
 
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UPDATES IN  BRIEF AND LINKS
 
1. An enemy of the first amendment, Just Visiting from IHE
 
2. Another from Be Freedom by Rich Moser on organizing the white (section of the) working class
 
3. MLA committee on contingent faculty has new website, solicits materials
The 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 site.” 
 
4. NLRB affirms Columbia U (NY) grad union victory in vote
 
 
5. Why is academic freedom and free speech so absolute for Charles Murray but limited for student protesters?
 
6. Signing first adjunct contract (SEIU 500) with U of DC
 
6. Help colleagues Robert Ovetz, Gabriela Crowley, and Helena Worthen with their study on strike threats
Do you think you could put this on your lists?

https://sjsu.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_0OIPC1oLOHiSHbv

This is a link to a very short survey about mounting a credible strike threat. We have noted that there seem to have been quite a few moments recently when a union threatened a strike and the employer came back with enough concessions so that no strike was necessary. So we're asking, "What constitutes a credible strike threat? What do you have to do to mount one?"

This is research being done by myself, retired labor educator and contingent faculty activist; Robert Ovetz and Gabriela Crowley, at San Jose State University in California.

Thank you --

Helena

Helena Worthen
helenaworthen@gmail.com
Vietnam blog: helenaworthen.wordpress.com
 
7. Duke U (NC) grad union withdraws petition
 
8. New Faculty Majority statement on Day Without Women
 
9. Portland State U adjuncts
 
10. Ending ACA will hurt adjuncts and students
 
11. U Mass Labor Studies MA open for applicants
The UMass Amherst Labor Center is accepting applications for our new, accelerated master’s degree in Labor Studies. Beginning in Fall 2017, students can complete the program with only one year of residency. 

For over fifty years, we have built one of the premiere graduate programs in Labor Studies in the United States. With a near 100% placement record, our graduates join over 1,000 alumni in key positions in the labor movement and other social justice organizations.

We are delighted to report that the overwhelming support by our allies has strengthened our program and we are now fortunate to offer up to 10 teaching assistantships and internships for the Fall. These positions cover tuition costs and provide a stipend. Students with assistantships and internships are members of the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO), a union affiliated with the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2322.

Earning your master’s degree in Labor Studies at the UMass Labor Center puts you right at the center of the issues and debates around labor, work, and social justice. Labor is changing. As the attacks on labor have intensified, unions have been taking bold new directions. They have also combined efforts with a wide variety of alt-labor organizations, building strong connections with new social movements in broad-based coalitions for justice.

Become one of our graduates who is at the forefront of many of these exciting developments to build justice and dignity in the workplace and the community, here and abroad.

We would appreciate if you could circulate this message widely and help us to find the next group of activists for our incoming class in September.

More information on the program is available at www.umass.edu/lrrc/graduate, or you may contact me directly at juravich@lrrc.umass.edu or 413-545-5986.

Thank you,

Tom Juravich, Interim Director
UMass Labor Center
University of Massachusetts Amherst
 
12. Witty piece with some serious lessons for us.
 
13. Labor Notes requests some help with information
 
14. UAW adjunct union still talking with NYU despite big strike vote last month
 
15. Good article on talking about working class and white (section of the) working class
 
16. Chicago teachers are organizing the biggest  charter school union in US
 
17. American U (DC) grads going union (SEIU 500)
 
18. Very interesting interview with head of S Maine Workers Center on post election politics and talking to poor  and working class white people
 
19. Seven years an adjunct
 
20. Fordham (NY) NTT faculty union (SEIU) petition U pres.
 
21. National Center for the Study of CB in HE and the Prof. E-Notes for March
 
22. Ithaca College adjuncts calling for help. See below
 
23. Another victory for adjuncts, from our formerly fired colleague, and union president, at Moraine Valley CC in IL
 
 
24. Education International (EI) conference on world unemployment, especially in education
 
25. Morning Shift - Uber doing podcasts to discourage union among drivers
 
26. Morning Shift - "Sharing economy" more taking than sharing, new study says
 
27. Hunger among CC students (Morning Education)
HUNGER AMONG COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS: A new survey out today finds that one-third of community college students are hungry and 14 percent are homeless. The results will be presented at noon today at a town hall hosted by George Washington University. The survey was conducted by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab in collaboration with the Association of Community College Trustees. The researchers said problems of hunger and homelessness weren't isolated to urban or high-poverty community colleges, and they were prevalent in all regions of the country.

- Another finding? About a third of the students experiencing food or housing insecurity had a job and received financial aid. "Students' academic performance can suffer tremendously when these needs are not met," said J. Noah Brown, president and CEO of ACCT. "This is a humanitarian concern as well as a priority for all community colleges." Read it here.  http://wihopelab.com/publications/hungry-and-homeless-in-college-report.pdf
 
28. Speaking out without tenure
 
29. My post-academia role models
 
30. Sign petition for equity for Peralta CC (CA) pters in new contract
 
31. The May First general strike call is starting to look real
 
32. VA state budget director is the best paid adjunct at College of William and Mary ($60,00)
 
33. Everyone loves Bernie except (the leadership  of) the Democratic party. 
 
34. Reminder of NY conference March 24
From: UALEList <ualelist-bounces@list.uale.org> on behalf of Isaac Jabola-Carolus <ijabolacarolus@gradcenter.cuny.edu>
Sent: Monday, March 20, 2017 9:21 AM
To: ualelist@list.uale.org
Subject: [Ualeindiv] Friday 3/24, NYC: Organizing the Academic Precariat
 
Dear all,

Please see the event announcement below and share with those in the NYC
area.

Thank you,
Isaac
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Isaac Jabola-Carolus
PhD Student, Graduate Center, CUNY
Instructor, Lehman College, CUNY
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ORGANIZING THE ACADEMIC PRECARIAT:
Perspectives on National Trends and Recent Successes

Friday, March 24, 2017, 12-6pm
Murphy Institute, CUNY, 25 West 43rd St. 18th Fl.
Free | Lunch provided

Register here: http://bit.ly/2ldmwVF
Organizing the Academic Precariat
bit.ly
Organizing the Academic Precariat: Perspectives on National Trends and Recent Successes Co-sponsored by the Scholars Strategy Network (NYC Chapter) and the Murphy Institute, CUNY In recent years, the ranks of non-tenure track adjuncts, lecturers, and other contingent faculty in U.S. higher education have continued to swell, a trend that shows few signs of abating. This academic precariat has become the faculty majority across public and private institutions, comprising 50 percent of faculty at public research universities, nearly 60 percent at private research universities, and over 80 percent at public community colleges. They earn shockingly meager pay: adjunct faculty earn only $2,700 per course on average—or roughly $21,000 per year on a full teaching load. This half-day conference brings together scholars, unionists, and adjuncts to explore the latest research on the academic precariat and recent breakthroughs in adjunct organizing. How has austerity reshaped higher education, and with what consequence



This half-day conference brings together scholars, unionists, and adjuncts
to explore the latest research on the academic precariat and recent
breakthroughs in adjunct organizing. How has the rise of contingent
academic labor unfolded across public, private, four-year, and two-year
institutions? What can we learn from successful adjunct unionization drives
in Washington, D.C. and New York, or from contract gains for adjuncts in
California? What will recent and future threats to labor and higher
education mean for contingent faculty?

Speakers:
Stephen Brier, CUNY | Malini Cadambi Daniel, SEIU
Luke Elliott-Negri, CUNY | Steven Hurlburt, American Institutes of Research
Jonathan Karpf, California Faculty Association
Sonam Singh, Barnard Contingent Faculty-UAW Local 2110

Co-sponsored by the Scholars Strategy Network and the Murphy Institute/CUNY

Register here: http://bit.ly/2ldmwVF
Organizing the Academic Precariat
bit.ly
Organizing the Academic Precariat: Perspectives on National Trends and Recent Successes Co-sponsored by the Scholars Strategy Network (NYC Chapter) and the Murphy Institute, CUNY In recent years, the ranks of non-tenure track adjuncts, lecturers, and other contingent faculty in U.S. higher education have continued to swell, a trend that shows few signs of abating. This academic precariat has become the faculty majority across public and private institutions, comprising 50 percent of faculty at public research universities, nearly 60 percent at private research universities, and over 80 percent at public community colleges. They earn shockingly meager pay: adjunct faculty earn only $2,700 per course on average—or roughly $21,000 per year on a full teaching load. This half-day conference brings together scholars, unionists, and adjuncts to explore the latest research on the academic precariat and recent breakthroughs in adjunct organizing. How has austerity reshaped higher education, and with what consequence
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Ithaca College Contingent Faculty will strike on March 28th and 29th.  You can help!  We’re calling on allies to support by saying they are “going” on thefacebook event. 
 
This is an exciting campaign, and we’re inviting folks to come in and participate.  Reach out to me if you or anyone else are interested in helping out or participating on strike days.
 
Solidarity,

Chris
 
 
Ithaca College Contingent Faculty File Charge with NLRB and Announce Strike Dates If Contract is Not Reached By March 28th

On Behalf of the Union Negotiating Committee, ​Cornell Labor Law Clinic Filed ULP Charges With NLRB
 
ULP Charges Follows Letter Sent by College Public Safety Chief Threatening Legal Action Against Faculty Union
 
ITHACA, NY — Following two bargaining sessions with the Ithaca College administration this week, the Ithaca College Contingent Faculty Union/Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 200United, announced that members will walk out on a two-day strike on March 28th and 29th, if a tentative agreement was not reached beforehand. Last month, part-time lecturers and non-tenure-track term faculty members of the IC Contingent Faculty voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if a fair first contract was not reached, with 88% voting to authorize the strike. 
 
The announcement comes the day after the International Women’s Strike, a nationwide day of action led and organized by women. At colleges and universities across Upstate New York and nationwide, a majority of contingent faculty members are women while their tenured and tenure-track colleagues are men. 
 
“Contingent faculty issues disproportionately impact women and underrepresented communities. Statistically more women end up with contingent, non-tenure track teaching positions compared to their male counterparts. We hope that the administration recognizes that by attempting to maintain the current structure, which generally promotes a lack of job stability, they create enormous obstacles for women, especially for women of underrepresented groups, single mothers, and women with children. By holding firm to the status quo, they are complicit in further perpetuating the inequities that these vulnerable communities already face. We stand ready to fight for what is ultimately an issue of justice. We are prepared to strike on March 28th and 29th if the administration continues to rationalize their stance while putting members of our campus and local community at risk" said Sarah Grunberg, a member of the contingent faculty bargaining committee.
 
Joining with members of the IC Contingent Faculty Union Negotiating Committee, the Cornell University Labor Law Clinic, announced that they had filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which will investigate and rule on the charges. The charges argue that the college administration has retaliated against several members of the full-time contingent faculty members who also serve on the bargaining committee by not renewing their contracts for next year.
 
The charges filed fall under section 8a of the National Labor Relations Act and state that “on or about February 2016 and thereafter, the above-named employer has interfered with, restrained or coerced Rachel Gunderson, David Kornreich, and Shoshanna Cole in the exercise of their Section 7 rights by taking discriminatory adverse action against them.”
 
Said Rachel Gunderson, one of the bargaining team members listed in the charge, "After receiving two degrees from Ithaca College, six years of working full time with successful evaluations, and regularly turning away literally hundreds of students each semester due to filled up ICC classes, I come to find sections are now getting cut and my classes given away for the upcoming Fall with no chance of continuing in 2017-2018. This is happening right after forming a union along with several other contingent colleagues, many of whom did not receive an interview for better positions after 6+ years of service. My Chair has requested my rehire to the Dean several times with no luck since the union was formed and classes have been offered to me for Fall 2017 and then taken away more than once. Fewer course offerings for general education often hurt student’s ability to get into classes they need and to graduate on time.”
 
Students, faculty, and other community supporters flanked members of the negotiating committee, urging the college administration to avert a strike by meeting the union’s demands for fair pay and improved job security for contingent faculty. 
 
Said Pete Meyers, Director of the Tompkins Count Workers Center, “I am urging the Ithaca administration to reach an agreement which avoids a strike and provides adequate stability and pay for contingent faculty.  I believe that the current investigation by the National Labor Relations Board sheds further light on the need for everyone at Ithaca College to have just working conditions and the ability to speak up without retaliation.”
 
Ithaca College senior Taylor Ford added “As students we are fully behind our contingent faculty.  A lot of students are talking about the upcoming strike and are ready to walk out of our classrooms.”
 
There is one more bargaining session with an appointed federal mediator scheduled on March 15th between the IC Contingent Faculty Union and the college administration. It is the hope of the union negotiating committee to reach a fair deal and avoid a strike.
 
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Chris Machanoff
Faculty Forward / SEIU Local 200United
585.880.3345
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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. 

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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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