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
The Labor Caucus of Bay Resistance is apparently organizing crews to help workers who walk out on May Day get their jobs back. I received this invitation from Brooke Anderson, a real solid Bay Area comrade in the labor and climate spaces including formerly with Fight for Fifteen.
If Oakland Women's Strike Organizing Collective participants are interested in doing this work ourselves in the future, this would be an excellent training experience.
love and solidarity,
*Apologies for cross-posting*
Dear colleagues, comrades and friends -
The management of Ruskin College Oxford, historically central to working-class and labour education in the UK, have decided to effectively close its BA and MA in International Labour and Trade Union Studies by making all academic staff in the department redundant, meaning that there is now no institution providing labour and trade union studies in the UK.
Please sign the petition to support Ruskin College Oxford here
and circulate this on any lists where you think people may be interested / supportive.
Senior lecturer in sociology, National University of Ireland Maynooth
Directeur d’études associé, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris
Research consultant, The Field Centre, Gloucestershire
ctivism MA at Maynooth; @ceesa_ma
The Dhammaloka Project: early western Buddhists, anti-colonialism and Ireland
Learning from each other's struggles personal website
The videos from last month's "Organizing the Academic Precariat" conference at CUNY are now available. The details are below. Please feel free to share widely.
Panel 1: History and Trends - https://youtu.be/mWmFdMJIxCo
- Stephen Brier, CUNY Graduate Center & Murphy Institute, on the austerity forces that drive adjunctification
- Luke Elliott-Negri, CUNY Graduate Center & Professional Staff Congress, on the history of adjuncts within the PSC-CUNY
- Steven Hurlburt, American Institutes of Research, on how adjunct labor allows universities to shift costs but not necessarily save costs
Panel 2: Adjunct Organizing Lessons - https://youtu.be/Diy3ynWss0U
- Malini Cadambi Daniel, SEIU, on the organizing model of SEIU's Faculty Forward campaign
- Sonam Singh, Barnard Contingent Faculty-UAW Local 2110, on lessons from Barnard’s adjunct unionization and contract campaign
- Jonathan Karpf, San Jose State University & California Faculty Association, on how adjuncts across the 23-campus California State University system built power within their union
20. News from our contingent sisters and brothers: farmworkers in NC with a union
22. PA Republicans going after teachers on union leave (Morning Shift)
The extent of the practice is unclear, however. Under state law, teachers may receive paid leave only if the union reimburses the whole cost to the district. More here. http://triblive.com/local/allegheny/12142715-74/pennsylvania-gop-targets-teachers-paid-to-...
Eager to hear your feedback!
President/ED, New Faculty Majority: The National Coalition for Adjunct and Contingent Equity
and the NFM Foundation
I'm writing to let you know about a new labor podcast that I am co-hosting with current National Nurses United organizer (and former UE organizer) Sam Smucker.
We just published our first episode, in which Sam and I talk with Professors Kerstin Hamann and John Kelly, who do research on recent general strikes in Europe:
Their research has some fascinating implications for what a successful general strike in the U.S. would look like, and we're hoping that this can contribute to some serious discussion in the US labor and social movements about this topic.
If you like it, please share with your networks - there is also an embed option if you run a website and want to embed it directly in a post - and if you're on Twitter, follow us (and tweet questions & comments) at @smashuppodcast
You can also post questions, comments, etc., and sign up for an email list, on our website atsmashuppodcast.com
Also, we would love suggestions for other guests or topics to cover in the future. While we didn't quite manage it with this episode, our ambition is to do a podcast that is also fun and humorous, more fried food and less fiber-filled vegetables.
jonathankissam.com | 802 559 1266
Director of Operations
National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW)
5801 Christie Ave, Suite 525
Emeryville, CA 94608
"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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