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.
UPCOMING MAYDAY ACTIONS
"We are either part of the solution or part of the problem"
"The only reason an organization has dead wood is that management either hired dead wood or it hired live wood and killed it." - W. Edwards Deming
Prof. Steven Shulman
Department of Economics
Center for the Study of Academic Labor
B213 Clark Building
Colorado State University
Ft Collins, CO 80523
Date: Feb 20, 2017 11:41 AM
Subject: [NFMFoundationBoard] Book! It's real! Finally!
To: "NFM Fndat. Board" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thought y'all (especially if we're not Facebook friends) would want to know that the edited collection I've been working on for four years (with Amy Lynch-Biniek, who I hope will find her way into the NFM orbit at some point, and my colleague Bill Lalicker) went live today in electronic form. It features a chapter that Maria, Sue, and Janelle Adsit co-authored, and 17 others that describe a wide array of tactics people have used to work towards contingent faculty equity/equality/fairness. Most of the chapters are framed within English departments/writing programs, but there are models/concepts to riff on, fight with, challenge, etc that people in other fields may find at least read-worthy.
And it's open-access, so it costs you nothing to look at it. :)
As some of you have heard me say about this project, happy it's done, but framed by the frustration and anger of feeling compelled to have to do it.
9. Job openings for organizers in CA
We are looking for External Organizers (organizing the unorganized) and Internal Reps/Organizers for various locations in California. And we need a Researcher in Emeryville. Please check out the announcements at this link and share it widely --http://nuhw.org/about/jobs/
Thanks so much for your help.
Director of Operations
National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW)
5801 Christie Ave, Suite 525
Emeryville, CA 94608
The letters are to be to ---- the CA Legislators & the Governor
The letters are to be sent to:
21 C Orinda Way #416
Orinda, CA 94563
...So that the letters can be -- HAND DELIVERED - to the CA State Capitol in a Media Event.
Unfortunately - this part gets lost, as this message "telephones" to a larger audience.
The point is not to write letters to the Governor.
The point is to create a media event that looks like the waterfall of Santa letters at the end of film The Miracle of 34th Street.
We want the media event - live on camera - not letters written to the Governor. See below for details
Just wanted to let you know that I have written a great about the College Meltdown lately. My most recent articles have been on the growing alt-right on college campuses and determining which schools are most vulnerable to the Meltdown.
I hope you are doing well.
Please add to your list of links this interview I conducted with Rebecca Schuman, Slate higher-ed columnist most famous for her "These Hatement" article about the negative effects of going for a PhD in literature.
Thanks and take care,
As some of you have heard, there has been a call put up by various activist and labor groups for either a general strike, teach-in, march, or general day of action. Speaking here from California, these events are likely to be large and significant in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego, with a number of actions happening at k-12 schools and community college campuses.
I have included an early poster my local is circulating (see attachment)
What is happening on May 1st at your various institutions, or within your communities?
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Dear Governor Brown and CA Legislature, Please prioritize:
• part-time pay equity (equal pay for equal work)!
• office hours for part-time faculty!
CCCI is of need to get these letters to the Governor's Office.
CPFA will be supporting this.
"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. Reports and full presentations from COCAL XII, August 2016, Edmonton, Alberta, CAN: see https://sites.google.com/site/cocalxii/home
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