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 and other resources.
In a March 14 letter, New School administrators expressed impatience. "The New School wishes to urge the board to issue a ruling on the pending request for review as soon as possible," attorneys for the school wrote. "It believes it is in all parties' best interests for this issue to be resolved, for the eligible votes to be counted and, should a majority of votes be in favor of union representation, that the parties be able to begin negotiations in the near term." Read the letter here.
Here is the link: http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/05/15/my-word-state-must-cut-it-overdependence-on-part-ti...
"State Must Cut Its Overdependence on Part-Time Faculty," by Jeffrey Michels, East Bay Times, May 15, 2017
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United Faculty and Academic Staff of UW-Eau Claire (UFAS-UWEC) is publicly protesting the decision by the University administration to exclude adjunct faculty working under so-called "no intent to renew" contracts from a $3 million salary adjustment plan. UFAS-UWEC is Local # 6481, American Federation of Teachers. The documents of the protest are posted at the UFAS-UWEC Facebook page:
"I find that Boston College has demonstrated, pursuant to the test articulated in Pacific Lutheran, that the petitioned-for graduate workers who work in its Theology Department are exempt from the board's jurisdiction," NLRB regional director John Walsh wrote. "I find that Boston College has failed to demonstrate that Boston College is an exempt institution with respect to the graduate students who are employed in its other departments and schools." Read the decision here.
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The registration deadline for the Western UALE Summer Institute for Union Women has been extended to May 30.
Don’t miss this opportunity for a summer school in sunny Honolulu!
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See more about the (southern) SIUW here: https://sites.google.com/site/siuw2017/home
I teach at Capital Community College in Connecticut, where we are excited to see our union grow and movement spread. Faculty at the University of New Haven start voting soon to join us in SEIU but there's trouble today at the OTHER school in town.
Yale University graduate workers voted to form their union in February after decades of fighting for recognition. But as you may have read in the New York Times, the administration is unlawfully refusing to recognize the graduate workers’ rights to collectively bargain. They are hoping that President Trump’s anti-union agenda will force the grad workers to give up.
The situation is so unjust and important that more than a dozen Yale graduate students are on a hunger strike. They aren’t going to give in, and neither will we.
Today, I joined thousands of union members, faculty and graduate students from across the country who are in New Haven standing with the graduate student union and demanding that Yale stop playing games and recognize their graduate workers’ rights to have a union and bargain with their employer.
Wherever you are, please take action. This is a huge fight for the union movement in Higher Education. There’s no reason -- legal, financial or ideological -- for Yale to fall in line with President Trump’s agenda to rollback our rights.
Email Yale’s President and tell him to stop stalling and start negotiations with the graduate workers union.
I’m supporting Yale's graduate student employees and call on President Salovey and Yale University trustees to honor the rights of these workers by recognizing the union and begin engaging constructively and respectfully with them. Join me.
Capital Community College
P.S. After you send your email give President Salovey a call at 203-432-2550 to make sure he’s listening.
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"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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