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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 and Facebook page <>, as well as this news aggregator, COCAL UPDATES. See below at bottom for details on joining the listserv and other resources.
CAMPUS EQUITY WEEK 2017, Halloween Week
Fellow Activists,
With only a few weeks left before Campus Equity Week, it's time to plan and publicize your action!
Follow the mAsk4CampusEquity campaign on Twitter @2017CEW and use the hashtags #2017CEW and/or #mask4ce.
Visit the Facebook page "Campus Equity Week 2017" at
If you haven't perused its pages yet, visit the mAsk4CampusEquity campaign's website: 
The arts-based site contains a toolkit with downloadable artwork to use on posters and fliers:
as well as access to a virtual store at this link: where you can purchase union made buttons and/or stickers to publicize the mAsk4CampusEquity campaign and Campus Equity Week.
Wear a button. Put a sticker on the back of your cell phone cover so people will see it whenever you pull out your phone. Pop one on your shirt if you don't like pins. If everyone waits until mid October to place an order, we won't have time to restock and get them to you in time for your events.
Spread the word. Here's a article about the campaign recently published on the AFT website:
Anne Wiegard
UUP, AFT Local 2190
mAsk4CampusEquity Steering Committee

1. ACCJC gets reform overhaul
1. Update on Ontario 27 college strike vote

Some of you may have heard that contract negotiations for librarians and contract (contingent) college faculty represented by OPSEU (Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union)—27 colleges in all— are close to impasse, with about 10 more days to come to an agreement. Members have, this week, voted to give a strike mandate to the negotiating team. The team is led by J.P. Hornick, a Labour Studies professor from George Brown College in Toronto.

The major sticking point in negotiations, from all acounts, is equity for precarious contract faculty. 

I had the opportunity to interview J.P. Hornick in March for the film on precarious contract faculty I am working on. Here is a link to a very short interview clip I have shared with the OPSEU team, in which J.P. very succinctly outlines why continuing faculty should support equity for their precarious contract colleagues: <>

In Solidarity,

Gerry Potter
longtime piece worker in the knowledge factory
Edmonton, Canada
2. Great story of the unionization of part-timers at London University’s  (famous) School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), a must read and maybe invite them to the next COCAL! They even describe the inside/outside strategy as essential to their success.
3. Job insecurity and stress among part-timers at Condprdia in Montreal
4. U of Western Ont. faculty Assoc. fight for fairness
5. Mexico: a brief exchange with our colleagues Maria Teresa and Arturo in Mexico City
Yes of course dear Joe. Thank you very much for share the news of Mexico. 
The earthquake was so strong at Morelos state, at Mexico City and at Puebla and Tlaxcala state. And before, as you know we had the eartquake at Oaxaca, Chiapas and Guerrero, so a big part of our country is so sad, with several buildings overthrow and a lot of damages. With the second earthquke until now we have almost 300 people death. But in the middle of the tragedy there is a very beautiful face of solidarity of the Mexican people. We have to be strong as always We have to remember our so long History and our possible future of democracy.
Thank you so much for all your thoughts.
Maria Teresa & Arturo

Hi dear Helena,
Yes, another earthquake. 40 buildings down in Mexico City and several damaged building. Anyone close of us, we are sad but we are ok.
There are a lot of people rescue and 225 people death (at Mexico City, Morelos state, Puebla state and Mexico State), 95 specifically are from Mexico City. Even if we have these statistics the tragedy is not as awful the tragedy of 1985, 32 years ago in Mexico City there were more or less 10,000 persons death. So this time is different. As always, the solidarity of Mexicans citizens is present, because of that there are many people rescue. 
We have hope and we now Mexican people is strong again and again ;) 
Thank you so much for your message and for your thoughts!
Un gran abrazo desde México para ti y para Joe,
Maria Teresa & Arturo
6. Australia: National Tertiary Education Union accused of duplicity in Sidney one-day strike
1. Freelancing ain’t free
2. Faculty organizing progressing in MN
3. How about a little free speech protection for adjunct professors?
4. Court decision will set back but not end U of MN faculty attempts to unionize
5. Washington U (St.Louis, MO) rally in support of international students and union (SEIU)
6. Lecturer at John Jay College (CUNY) placed on leave after comment about cops
7. Anti-Trump tweet leads to unjust dismissal of professor
8. Backlash against adjuncts is an indictment of the tenure system
9. Possible strike at Youngstown State
10. Harvard hopes Trump will help it undermine unions
11.Latest new from Lecturers Employee Org (LEO/AFT) at U of MI
12. Adjunct cricized by right wing of pro-life movement loses position at Franciscan U, Steubenville, OH
13. StoryCorps workers at NPR vote union 83%
14. What a surprise, white male faculty earn more than women or minorities. And this without even counting contingents!
15. Lecturers’ battle at Boston U is over more than money
16. Cleaners at SOAS, part of U of London, beat outsourcing and get brought in-house
17. A tenured (presumably) associate prof in Georgia says we should stop resisting a two-tiered system. A lttle hyprocrisy anyone?
18. Settlement at Temple U (Phil., PA) for both adjuncts and FT
19. U of Pittsburgh student paper says admin should stay on sidelines on grad union
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20. Sept. NCSCBHEP E-Note. As usual, high quality and much of interest here. A must-read. I do not reproduce individually all of their items in COCAL UPDATES, though I have reported some previously.
21. Southern regional accreditor goes after Southern U (an HBCU) for not enough FT faculty. Talk about turning a good thing into a bad thing!  What about all the rich white schools??!!
22. Rally against cutbacks at U Mass, Boston
23. Labor rights and Jesuit schools
24. Academe on the auction block
25. Boston U lecturers may strike in October
26. Vice media workers join union
27. Kutztown U (PA) adjunct fired just before major surgery
28. Columbia U (NY) grads testify before elected officials about University admin’s refusal to bargain
29. Time for the Northwestern U (IL) administration to recognize and bargain with the NTT faculty union, SEIU Local 73.
30. Colleges’ reliance on contingent faculty undermines academic freedom and free speech on campus

"Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education". by Joe Berry, from Monthly Review Press, 2005. Look at <> for full information, individual sales, bulk ordering discounts, or to invite me to speak at an event or email

To regularly receive this periodic news aggregator, COCAL Updates, Email <>  Itisarchivedat 

To join international COCAL listserve email <> If this presents problems, send an e-mail to or, send "Subscribe" to <

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. <>

Plan to attend COCAL XIII in Queretaro, Mexico, at the Autonomous University of Queretaro, August 2018. 
See 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

Campus Equity Week 2017 (Halloween Week)

Joe Berry
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