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.
Duke Adjuncts Close to Reaching Historic Consensus
Payday reported earlier this year
d-ballots/> that Duke graduate employees lost a tough election. Their
adjunct faculty colleagues, however, are on the verge of a big win."
In March of 2016, adjuncts at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina
became the first adjuncts to successfully unionize at a private university
in the South. Now adjuncts at Duke say that they are close to a union
contract with the only differences existing on issues about pay and
The main area of focus is on setting a minimum salary for instructors that
ensures no full-time instructor is paid less than $35,000 - the current
minimum salary for Durham public school teachers. Duke's current proposal
would offer some full-time instructors as little as $27,000 per year.
The union says that the difference between the costs of their proposal is
approximately $150,000. So far, however, Duke Das refused to budge.
"Our requests are both modest and realistic," the union said in an open
letter to Duke University Administration
k-out-for-fair-wages-in-open-letter/> on June 13. "The idea that we as
faculty are somehow trying to break Duke's bank is frankly absurd - it's the
kind of thing people used to thinking in terms of game theory might believe,
but it in no way reflects the approach we've taken in bargaining.”
Fyi--interesting (if imperfect) legislation being proposed by SEIU in MA.
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Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:48:10 -0400
From: Dennis MacDonald <email@example.com>
Subject: Adjunct Faculty Parity House Bill Hearing 6/29/17 will affect you
My name is Dennis MacDonald, Iâ€™m reaching out to you from Local 509 of the
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) about a bill that could have a
dramatic impact on adjunct faculty in Massachusetts*.* SEIU 509 is
Massachusettsâ€™ Union for Human Service Workers and Educators. Currently we
represent over 4,000 adjunct, part-time, and full-time contingent faculty
at Boston-area colleges and universities including: Brandeis, Tufts,
Northeastern, Lesley, Bentley, and Boston University.
As the Stateâ€™s largest union of contingent faculty working at private
universities, we are working with our members, their students,
tenure-stream supporters, and community organizations to increase faculty
voice on campus and support teaching, learning, and research. Of particular
concern to the faculty we represent (and their students) is the increasing
corporatization of higher education and the disparate treatment of adjunct
Our work to address this concern includes working with state lawmakers to
pass legislation that addresses the industry-wide treatment of adjuncts. We
have worked with lawmakers to introduce House Bill 2236
<https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/H2236>, which seeks to enact fair
compensation and scheduling standards for adjuncts. If enacted, this bill
would dramatically improve the working conditions of thousands of
Massachusetts adjuncts, as well as the quality of their studentsâ€™
education! In order to get this bill passed, we will need to show strong
faculty support. We are reaching out to faculty around the state to get
them involved and let them know of ways to show their support for the bill.
There will be a public hearing in room A-1 of the State House on Thursday,
June 29, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. We will meet in room 437 prior to the hearing and
give out Higher Ed T-shirts so we can show strength in numbers at the
This bill has the opportunity to dramatically impact the pay and job
security for adjunct faculty, but without the support of constituents like
you, it could die in committee. I would love to talk further with you about
the bill and upcoming opportunities to get involved!
Dennis MacDonald, Faculty Forward Organizer
"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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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