COCAL Updates

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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 and other resources.

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CCSF NEWS

 

1. New chancellor for CCSF

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Mark-Rocha-selected-as-new-CCSF-chancellor-11220400.php

 

and http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-ex-pcc-president-deal-nullified-20150429-story.html

 

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/06/17/18800236.php

 

and http://48hills.org/2017/06/19/city-college-board-poised-appoint-chancellor-deep-faculty-distrust/

 

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INTERNATIONAL

 

1. Provincial court rules that Ontario education workers are owed over $100 million for the government’s legislative violation of their collective bargaining rights, setlement reached 

https://cupe.ca/cupe-education-workers-reach-agreement-bill-115-remedy-provincial-government

 

and http://www.labour-reporter.com/article/33738-ontario-owes-teachers-education-workers-more-than-100-million-for-violating-rights/

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UPDATES IN BRIEF AND LINKS

 

1. More from the People’s Summit

http://portside.org/2017-06-13/peoples-summit-vows-transform-resistance-power

 

and http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/15/1671892/-People-s-Summit-2017-Organize-Energize-Agitate-Beyond-Resistance-diary-1-in-a-series

 

and http://inthesetimes.com/article/20235/winning-power-and-advancing-a-radical-agenda-arent-mutually-exclusive

 

and http://portside.org/2017-06-17/summing-summit

 

and https://indypendent.org/2017/06/bernie-sanders-calls-on-democratic-party-to-open-its-doors-to-young-and-working-people/

 

2. 6 years after their election, Manhattan College adjuncts finally get their votes counted and the union (AFT) won

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2017/06/16/manhattan-college-adjuncts-form-union?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=89d9359eb2-DNU20170616&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-89d9359eb2-197454541&mc_cid=89d9359eb2&mc_eid=26d8672fcd

 

3. LA port contingent truck drivers set to strike.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-port-trucker-strike-20170615-story.html

 

and front page story (very good) on them in USA Today

https://www.usatoday.com/pages/interactives/news/rigged-forced-into-debt-worked-past-exhaustion-left-with-nothing/

 

4. Duke U (NC) adjuncts close to a first contract

Paydayreport.com 

Duke Adjuncts Close to Reaching Historic Consensus

Payday reported earlier this year

<http://paydayreport.com/historic-duke-union-election-hangs-on-502-challenge

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

professional development.

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

<https://tropicsofmeta.wordpress.com/2017/06/16/duke-contingent-faculty-spea

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.”

 

5. NCSCBHEP E-Note for June. Lots of good stuff, including some not reported before.

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/June-2017-E-Note--News--Updates--and-Analysis.html?soid=1102372137664&aid=N15-zgR89k8

 

6. Interesting article on the electoral politics that the national mainstream press ignores

https://www.thenation.com/article/a-progressive-electoral-wave-is-sweeping-the-country/

 

7. United Assoc. For Labor Education (UALE) women’s summer schools upcoming. Strongly recommended.

https://uale.org/womens-schools/upcomingcurrent-classes

 

8. More on merger of Chicago charter schools local union with CTU

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/20225/chicago-teachers-union-charter-schools-union

 

9. Taxi drivers suffering in Chicago (contingents all)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/20224/cab_drivers_union_says_chicago_taxi_industry_is_nearing_collapse

 

10. A day in the life of a day laborer

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/20237/day_laborer_purgatory_waiting_in_the_streets_to_take_a_backbreaking_job

 

11. AAUP considers paying adjuncts elected to leadership posts (NFM Pres. Maria Maisto quoted)

http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/aaup-considers-paying-adjuncts-in-its-leadership-posts/118972

 

12. Interesting model for organizing contingent fast food workers, some lessons for us perhaps

http://portside.org/2017-06-16/new-york-city-fast-food-workers-may-soon-have-permanent-voice

 

13. At national meeting, AAUP, for the first time in its history, censures a college for firing a contingent faculty member

https://www.aaup.org/report/cca-colorado

 

14. Open letter from an adjunct at St Kate’s to her union busting president

http://theprofessorisin.com/2017/06/16/an-adjunct-letter-to-her-union-busting-college-president/

 

15. Send an email in support of adjuncts at Siena College  trying to get  a first contract two yers after winning election

http://seiu200united.seiu.org/page/speakout/siena-college-fair-contract-now

 

16. This week’s Inequality.org

https://inequality.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Inequality-Newsletter-2017-June-19-revised.html

 

17. Duke U (NC) adjuncts demand higher pay

http://www.wilm-tv.com/duke-adjunct-faculty-demand-higher-pay/

 

18. Interesting history of for-profit higher ed.

http://www.processhistory.org/angulo-for-profit-colleges/

 

19. Regional conference on academic CB set by NCSCBHEP for Long Beach, CA in Dec. 1-2, co-sponsoships sought.

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Save-the-Date--Regional-Conference--December-1-2--2017.html?soid=1102372137664&aid=kMOO2i7ock8

 

20. Healthcare Rocks -  single payer video for the bill in CA leg presently

http://www.healthycaliforniaact.org/guaranteed-healthcare-rocks/

 

21. Adjunct at Essex College (NJ) suspended after appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox.

http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/adjunct-says-she-was-suspended-following-appearance-on-tucker-carlson-tonight/119011

 

and https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/06/21/college-allegedly-suspends-communications-adjunct-comments-about-race-fox-news?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=63693f327f-DNU20170621&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-63693f327f-197454541&mc_cid=63693f327f&mc_eid=26d8672fcd

 

22. U Mass-Lowell adjuncts demonstrate for better pay and benefits (UAW)

http://www.lowellsun.com/breakingnews/ci_31079962/uml-adjuncts-continue-battle-better-pay-and-benefits

 

23. SEIU local 509 introduces fair pay bill in MA legislature . See below for details.

 

24. FTNTT faculty at Washington U (ST Louis, MO) vote down union, but challenged ballots are more than the difference (SEIU)

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2017/06/21/wash-u-full-time-non-tenure-track-professors-vote-down-union?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=63693f327f-DNU20170621&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-63693f327f-197454541&mc_cid=63693f327f&mc_eid=26d8672fcd

 

25. Contingent freelance writers (NWU, UAW 1981) take to twitter to get Ebony to pay them

https://aflcio.org/2017/6/14/freelancers-take-twitter-say-ebonyowes-them-back-pay?link_id=6&can_id=587b791e1946e2adaf17ca20e5e3d480&source=email-dont-take-away-our-health-care&email_referrer=dont-take-away-our-health-care&email_subject=dont-take-away-our-health-care

 

26. Article speaks to conditions faced by UPS part-timers (many are our students)

https://socialistworker.org/2017/06/21/victims-of-upss-deadly-drive-for-profit

 

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UPDATES IN FULL

 

23. Hi y'all,

 

Fyi--interesting (if imperfect) legislation being proposed by SEIU in MA.

 

Best,

Betsy

 

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Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:48:10 -0400

From: Dennis MacDonald <dmacdonald@seiu509.org>

To: bsmith@eastgate.net

Subject: Adjunct Faculty Parity House Bill Hearing 6/29/17 will affect you

 

Hello Betsy,

 

 

 

My name is Dennis MacDonald, I’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

Massachusetts’ 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 State’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

faculty.

 

 

 

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 students’

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

hearing.

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

Best Wishes,

 

 

Dennis MacDonald, Faculty Forward Organizer

dmacdonald@seiu509.org

(781) 883-7519

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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 or email joeberry@igc.org

 

To regularly receive this periodic news aggregator, COCAL Updates, Email <joeberry@igc.org>  Itisarchivedathttp://precaritydispatches.tumblr.com/COCAL-Updates-Archive 

 

To join international COCAL listserve email <http://adj-l.org/mailman/listinfo/adj-l_adj-l.org> If this presents problems, send an e-mail to vtirelli@aol.com or, send "Subscribe" to <adj-l@adj-l.org

 

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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Joe Berry

 <joeberry@igc.org

510-527-5889 phone/fax

21 San Mateo Road, 

Berkeley, CA 94707

cell-802-380-0193

 

 

 

 

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Joe Berry

 <joeberry@igc.org

510-527-5889 phone/fax

21 San Mateo Road, 

Berkeley, CA 94707

cell-802-380-0193

 

 

 

 

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Joe Berry

 <joeberry@igc.org

510-527-5889 phone/fax

21 San Mateo Road, 

Berkeley, CA 94707

cell-802-380-0193

 

 

 

 

 

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