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.
- Morning Education spoke to one of the plaintiffs, Arcadia educator Bhavini Bhakta, who said she joined the case after years of finding herself on the opposite side of the California Teachers Association during statehouse fights on education policy issues, such as California's teacher evaluation system. Bhakta said the choice between important employment benefits and not funding a message she opposes left her feeling "stripped" of her voice. In court filings, the plaintiffs argue that "by punishing teachers for - and deterring teachers from - exercising their First Amendment rights, this arrangement violates the First Amendment."
- A federal judge tossed out the case last May, ruling that the system teachers are arguing against is set up by the unions - which are private entities - and not in any way by the state. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, meanwhile, has accused StudentsFirst, the education reform group backing the plaintiffs, of hypocrisy for trying to limit unions' voice at the same time it has worked to strip teachers of collective bargaining and other rights. StudentsFirst was founded by former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee and is financed by several wealthy critics of unions. The unions also argued in court filings that forcing it to change its internal membership rules and offer discounted membership would violate its First Amendment rights. The plaintiffs have already appealed to the 9th Circuit and could get a hearing as soon as this fall. They hope to take their case to the Supreme Court.
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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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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