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Public schools are at the center of the manufactured breakdown of the fabric of everyday life. They are under attack not because they are failing, but because they are public. Henry Giroux
COCAL is the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor, a 20-plus 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. 2018 was in San Jose, CA. and 2021 will be in Queretaro, Mexico 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.

Due to the CORONA Virus, the COCAL XIV conference to be held in Querétaro, Mexico, has been postponed until Summer 2021. 


The COCAL International Advisory Committee needs a volunteer to take over the webmaster duties for our website <> Our longtime webmaster, David Rives of Oregon, needs to step back. It is not a high- maintenance job, but has a lot of potential for future development to serve the contingent faculty movement. If interested or for more information  reply to this email at <



NOTE for ELECTION turnout

Joe, might you be able to send this notice out to your US members? It might attract more attention as a stand-alone notice than as part of a long newsletter, if that is possible. All the groups we're referring to are desperate for more volunteers for the last 4 weeks before the election.  Many thanks.  Nina

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Connecting for Change 2020 is a volunteer-led group providing referrals to people who want to take part in online organizing in the upcoming 2020 elections in swing states. Organizations have been vetted to ensure that volunteers have a positive experience. To contact Connecting for Change 2020 and receive a referral, please fill out the form on the website at link:<> .  Please help by sending/posting this notice to other people and groups. Time is running out. Every volunteer helps.





1. CCSF trustees wrong to close Fort Mason art campus




3. SF Chronicle endorses the worst for BOT


4. Accreditors place CCSF on financial warning




1. S Africa:  Not directly contingent sealed, but of great importance to us all, continued racism in S African academia and toward Black and female academics



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3. Swiss Uber Eats employees reclassified as employees

4. Nigerian university staff resist premature reopening


5. In Zimbabwe faculty and staff refuse to return due to extremely low pay


6. Viet Nam professor arrested for accusing district party chief of plagiarizing dissertation


7. Teachers around the world clash with governments over reopening


and more stories at





1. Rutgers U (NJ) contingents looking for more job security

"Part-time lecturers at Rutgers calling for job security, students seeking a fossil fuel-free future, immigrants looking for a better way of life, residents denouncing racism – there was a sense of unity among the 250 or so people who gathered Saturday afternoon.

"It may seem as if they are locked in disparate, if not desperate, battles, but many who grabbed the moment by the bullhorn spoke about how their causes overlap and interlock.

“Rutgers students calling for the school to go carbon neutral by 2030 and adjunct professors who said they will be losing their jobs in the spring when their expository writing course load is handed off to graduate students agreed they were fighting against what they described as a culture of corporate greed.”




and Rutgers cuts adjuncts



2. Georgetown (DC) gad union (AFT) seeks COVID relief


3. U of IL nurses get contract


4. U of VT faculty (AFT) fight over COVID issues




5. SEIU files charges in NLRB against Elon U (FL)


6. for this week


7. I’d rather be teaching—a grad student's article in  Berkeley Journal of Sociology


8. "Teaching full-time, and sometimes more, meant making sacrifices in the pursuit of my Ph.D. In many ways, student debt became an organizing principle in my life, conditioning much of my graduate experience -- including an inability to pay for travel to conferences, the need to work multiple jobs and growing concern about the timely completion of my dissertation. In one academic year, I simultaneously taught French and ESL in four different schools, each with varying administrative requirements and diverse student populations with distinct needs. With progress on my dissertation almost coming to a standstill came feelings of inadequacy and failure. I nevertheless assumed responsibility for my choices and adapted to the exigencies of student loan payments along with the emotional pain and stress that they entailed. 

“Flash forward to 2019: I finally filed my dissertation and was awarded my Ph.D. in French and critical theory, but I still face decades of federal student loan payments. I, like so many other Ph.D.s in the humanities, hold an adjunct faculty position with little job security. Throughout graduate school, I felt overworked and grossly underpaid, hovering perilously above the poverty line. It seems as though this reality will persist long into my postdoctoral career.”

9. "Two unions have accused President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim’s administration of sending “threatening and reckless” letters to members of Columbia’s part-time faculty union in connection with their refusal to teach in conditions that would “pose a threat to their health and safety.”

"In a Sunday, Sept. 27 letter, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and Illinois Federation of Teachers President Daniel Montgomery said Columbia’s administration sent letters to members of the CFAC bargaining unit stating “they may be replaced for the rest of the semester if they fail to report to work,” including faculty’s in-person instruction beginning Monday, Sept. 28.

“These threats, in the middle of a pandemic, are reckless and wrong. Your focus should be ensuring the community’s safety—students and staff alike,” the letter to Kim stated."

10. Payday Report on Little Rock teachers and more


11. "Karen Thompson has worked at Rutgers-New Brunswick as an adjunct professor in the writing program for more than 40 years.

"But come spring, she won’t have a job.

"Thompson is among dozens of adjuncts, or part-time lecturers, whose positions have been eliminated, at least for the next semester.

“It was like a lightning bolt,” said Amy Higer, a political scientist and president of the union representing adjuncts at Rutgers, where she has taught for more than 20 years. “It’s so demoralizing.”


12. New anti-racism initiative by UC-AFT Council ( the U of CA statewide union of contingent faculty and librarians)


13. From SEIU Faculty Forward

Hi Joe,

We just won a huge victory in California! Gov. Newsom signed into law a statewide pay floor for adjunct faculty at non-profit institutions that will impact more than 20,000 adjuncts across the state.

For the lowest-paid adjuncts in the state, this is a nearly 50 percent pay increase, and it adds wage stability so that we don’t have to worry whether the next paycheck will be enough to cover the bills.

On the other side of the country, we have seen great victories in our very first round of contract negotiations in Florida, too! We’ve ratified contracts at the University of South Florida, Broward College, and Hillsborough Community College -- all three of which included wins for wage stability with guaranteed course cancellation fees for adjuncts.

But we’re still fighting for a union at Valencia College in Orlando, where many adjuncts have had their courses canceled this semester. We need your help: Tell the Valencia College administration to stop denying our right to a union vote.

We can do incredible things when we use our strength in numbers to fight together to improve our jobs. That’s how we achieved this huge victory in California that will help raise the standard for adjunct professors and recognize our value as educators at the very core of academic mission, especially given that adjuncts teach about 75 percent of the courses at our institutions.

Together, adjuncts were able to change the law in California to make their lives better. This is what victory looks like when we have unions for all. This is what it looks like when we stand up and fight together.

Let’s help our colleagues at Valencia and demand that their administration stop blocking their union election.

In solidarity,

Meghan O’Donnell
California Faculty Association Associate VP for Lecturers
California State University Monterey Bay

Copyright © 2018 Faculty Forward & Graduate Workers United 
All rights reserved.


14. Adjunct faculty in one of Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts departments face an uncertain future after being warned “significantly fewer” will be hired in Spring 2021 compared to the fall semester.

"Adjunct instructors in the university’s Intellectual Heritage department received an email from Dustin Kidd, the department’s director, on Saturday afternoon sharing the “difficult news” and advising them to explore job opportunities elsewhere.

“I expect that several of the current adjunct faculty will not be hired for the spring,” Kidd wrote in the email, obtained by The Temple News on Tuesday. “We don’t know the exact number yet as there are more variables that will be clarified in the coming weeks.”

15. APA hails lower % of contingent psych profs

“For many part-time faculty, contingent employment goes hand-in-hand with being marginalized within the faculty. It is not uncommon for part-time faculty to learn which, if any, classes they are teaching just weeks or days before a semester begins. Their access to orientation, professional development, administrative and technology support, office space, and accommodations for meeting with students typically is limited, unclear, or inconsistent. Moreover, part-time faculty have infrequent opportunities to interact with peers about teaching and learning. Perhaps most concerning, they rarely are included in important campus discussions about the kinds of change needed to improve student learning, academic progress, and college completion. Thus, institutions’ interactions with part-time faculty result in a profound incongruity: Colleges depend on part-time faculty to educate more than half of their students, yet they do not fully embrace these faculty members. Because of this disconnect, contingency can have consequences that negatively affect student engagement and learning.”

"So far this sounds like bad news, but we want to be sure that we do not overlook the real issues contingent faculty face in communicating the good. Namely, that the percentage of contingent faculty in philosophy is low and stable. As Nails and Davenport explain, around 73% of all faculty nationwide are in contingent or “unranked” positions, whereas only 22% of philosophy faculty had contingent positions in 2017. Moreover, there is a lower percentage of contingent philosophy faculty now than there was in the 1960s. While the APA membership numbers have suggested this for some time (with around 20% of its members reporting contingent status), a reasonable concern about that estimate was that contingent faculty might be underrepresented among APA members. This new report suggests that the numbers just are low in our discipline. That’s good news, under the plausible assumption that it is best for the discipline if a large majority of faculty are tenured or tenure track." 

16. Strike fund for the teachers at Brooklyn Friends School


17. U of VT student employees strike after admin removes Hispanic heritage flag


18. “In the past week, after already cutting adjunct professors, the University targeted its lowest-paid employees—administrative assistants, departmental IT support, and others— for cost cutting. Since campus closure, many of these staff members have worked seven-day weeks from their homes as they support faculty and students. Already receiving the least pay, they are being asked to forgo pay, benefits, and employment to put a small dent in the University’s deficit. Rumors of layoffs and diminished benefits stoke fear in their ranks. Untenured instructors have already been cut. The staff members who do the daily heavy lifting at the University deserve better. At the other end of the pay scale, the size and cost of the university’s senior administration has more than doubled in recent years. A primary goal of reducing costs at the top should be the preservation of the positions and benefits of UD's most economically vulnerable employees.”

 19. Change the name of Yale and nationalize all the Ivies


20. Disarming Portland St U (OR) cops is a partial win


21. for this week


22. Strike news from PayDay Report, including teachers


23. From Colorado AAUP  

Hi Joe -

Attached is our press release.
We worked directly with our statewide community college system Chancellor to secure unemployment benefits for any faculty (part- or full-time) who have lost classes due to the pandemic's effect on enrollment. 
Here is the link to the press release as well:
Caprice Lawless
Co-President, Colorado Conference
American Association of University Professors
AAUP Chapters of the Colorado Community College System



"At the beginning of every class they taught, Jones*, a professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, told their students one thing: “I have the greatest job in the world.” 

"Jones stopped saying that this year. 

"Jones* is a professor at Marquette University. Jones’ request to remain anonymous was granted due to the sensitive nature of this article and the risk of losing their job.  

"Along with numerous tenured and non-tenured track professors, Jones found themself disheartened and demoralized by the announcement of 225 to 300-plus potential layoffs in the wake of an anticipated 45 million dollar budget deficit extending to fiscal year 2022 and beyond. Roughly 1/5th of all campus faculty and academic staff could be cut."


We should all consider attending this important free conference where many of our issues will be discussed. 

Panel: Negotiating for Part-Time Faculty Equity with Will Silvio, President, Berklee College of Music Faculty Union, Jay Kennedy, Berklee College of Music Vice President for Academic Affairs/Vice Provost, Darryl Wood, NYSUT Labor Relations Specialist, 
Dia M.Carleton, Chief Human Resources Officer, SUNY Oneonta, and Beth Margolis, Gladstein, Reif & Meginniss, LLP, Moderator.

Panel: Contingent Faculty, Job Security, and Academic Freedom with Carl Levine, Levy Ratner P.C., Keila Tennant, Associate General Counsel and VP for Labor Relations, The New School, Sonam Singh, former Unit Chair, BCF-UAW Local 2110, and Barry Miller, Senior Policy Advisor on Labour Relations, Office of the Provost, York University, Moderator. 
Panel: Unemployment Insurance Policies and Practices: Adjunct Faculty, COVID-19, and Beyond with Michele Evermore, Senior Research and Policy Analyst, National Employment Law Project, George Wentworth, Of Counsel, National Employment Law Project, Arnab Datta, Senior Legislative Counsel, Employ America, and Francisco Diez, Worker Justice Policy Advocate, Center for Popular Democracy, Participant and Moderator. 

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October 6, 2020

Register Today: 2020 Annual Conference on October 19-20, 2020

The National Center's 47th annual conference will be taking place virtually on October 19-20, 2020. 

There is still time to register for the annual conference: Register here! Due to the pandemic, we are reopening the virtual conference registration without charge.

The rich conference agenda includes panels and speakers below on inequality, collective bargaining, and higher education along with additional analysis related to the pandemic's impact.

TIAA is a sponsor of the National Center's 47th annual conference with additional funding provided by AFT, SEIU, and The Standard Insurance Company.

Conference Keynote Speaker: Steven Greenhouse

Keynote Speaker: Steven Greenhouse 

Steven Greenhouse, the former New York Times labor and workplace correspondent, will be the keynote speaker at our rescheduled annual conference in October.

Mr. Greenhouse will be analyzing labor's response to the pandemic in the context of the historical and contemporary themes set forth in his exceptional book Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor (2019). His book traces U.S. labor history from the 20th Century up to and including the first two decades of the 21st Century. The book was published last year by Knopf, and 
it has been released in paperback:

Conference Plenary: The Student Debt Crisis

The Student Debt Crisis: History, Consequences, and Post-Pandemic Solutions with Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago, Caitlin Zaloom, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University, Jennifer Mishory, Senior Fellow and Senior Policy Advisor, Century Foundation, and Suzanne Kahn, Director, Education, Jobs, and Worker Power and the Great Democracy Initiative at the Roosevelt Institute.

Professor Zaloom is the author of the new book titled Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost,published by Princeton University Press. Professor Shermer is working on an up-coming book examining the history of the student debt industry.

Jennifer Mishory and Suzanne Kahn are co-authors of a paper titled Bridging Progressive Policy Debates: How Student Debt and the Racial Wealth Gap Reinforce Each Other.Suzanne Kahn also recently authored another paper titled A Progressive Framework for Free College.

Conference Panels and Presentations
The following is a list of other confirmed panels for the October 19-20, 2020 conference:

Panel: Growth in Union Density Among Academic Labor, 2013-2019 with Jacob Apkarian, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Behavioral Sciences, York College, CUNY and National Center Affiliated Researcher, Joseph van der Naald,
Graduate Student Researcher, Program in Sociology, Graduate Center, CUNY and National Center Affiliated Researcher, and William A. Herbert, Distinguished Lecturer and National Center Executive Director, Moderator and Presenter. Discussants: Gary Rhoades, Professor and Director, Center for the Study of Higher Education, University of Arizona, JCBA Co-editor and Adrianna Kezar, Endowed Professor and Dean's Professor of Leadership, USC, Director of the Pullias Center.

Presentation: Race and Labor In Historical and Contemporary Contexts with Bill Fletcher, Jr. author and activist, former president of TransAfrica Forum, and Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies and DeWayne Sheafter, President, National Council for Higher Education/NEA, Moderator. Discussants: Derryn Moten, Alabama State University, co-president of the Alabama State University Faculty-Staff Alliance and vice president of the Alabama AFL-CIO and Sherri-Ann Butterfield, Executive Vice Chancellor and Associate Professor, Sociology, Office of the Chancellor, Rutgers University—Newark.

Panel: Black Lives Matter on Campus and Beyond with Elijah Armstrong, Organizational Specialist in Human and Civil Rights, National Education Association, Paul Ortiz, University of Florida Chapter President, United Faculty of Florida, NEA-AFT, Terri Givens, CEO and Founder, Center for Higher Education Leadership, Calvin Smiley, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Hunter College, CUNY, and Alethea Taylor, Doctoral Lecturer/Internship Site Developer, Hunter College - School of Education, Department of Educational Foundations and Counseling, Participant and Moderator.

Panel: Title IX Regulations: Bargaining Issues for Unions and Institutions with Rana Jaleel, Assistant Professor, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, University of California, Davis, Lance Houston, University EEO, Inc., Debra Osofsky, Negotiator, Educator and Contract Specialist, and Judi Burgess, Director of Labor Relations, Boston University, Moderator.

Panel: Affirmative Action in Higher Education, Post-Pandemic with Cara McClellan, Assistant Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Risa Lieberwitz, General Counsel, AAUP and Professor of Labor and Employment Law, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Victor Goode, Associate Professor, CUNY Law School, and Lili Palacios-Baldwin, Deputy General Counsel for Labor, Employment & Litigation, Tufts University, Moderator.

Panel: The Equal Rights Amendment and Higher Education with Julie Suk, Dean for Master’s Programs and Professor, Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center, Elizabeth Schneider, Rose L. Hoffer Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School, Jessica Neuwirth, Distinguished Lecturer and Rita E. Hauser Director, Human Rights Program, Roosevelt House, Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, CUNY, and Karen Stubaus, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Moderator.

Panel: The Old Wolf, Again: Latinx Faculty Negotiations, Recruitment, Retention, and Racism in the Academy with José Luis Morín, Chairperson, Department of Latin American and Latinx Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, José Cintrón, Professor, College of Education, CSU Sacramento, California Faculty Association, and Michael Ortiz, Sul Ross University, and Theresa Montaño, California State University, Northridge, Chicana/o Studies, California Faculty Association.

Panel: Mass Incarceration and Higher Education with Patrick Mitchell, Board Member, Community College Association, CTA, NEA, Michelle Jones, Doctoral Student, New York University, Vivian Nixon, Columbia University Teaching Fellow, and Bidhan Chandra Roy, College of Arts and Letters, California State University, Los Angeles, Participant and Moderator.

Panel: LGBTQ Labor Issues in Higher Education After Bostock v. Clayton Countywith Barbara J. Diamond, Diamond Law, Portland, Oregon, Melissa Sortman, Director of Academic Human Resources, Michigan State University, Elizabeth S. Hough, Counsel to the President, United University Professions, and Elizabethe C. Payne, Founder and Director, Queering Education Research Institute (QuERI) and faculty at CUNY, Moderator.

Panel: Negotiating for Part-Time Faculty Equity with Will Silvio, President, Berklee College of Music Faculty Union, Jay Kennedy, Berklee College of Music Vice President for Academic Affairs/Vice Provost, Darryl Wood, NYSUT Labor Relations Specialist, 
Dia M.Carleton, Chief Human Resources Officer, SUNY Oneonta, and Beth Margolis, Gladstein, Reif & Meginniss, LLP, Moderator.

Panel: Retirement Plan Trends and the COVID-19 Pandemic with Patricia McConnell, Levy, Ratner, PC, Gary Herzlich, Senior Director, Associate General Counsel, TIAA, Susan E. Bernstein, Schulte, Roth & Zabel LLP, and Christina Cutlip, TIAA, Senior Managing Director, Institutional Relationships, Moderator. 

Panel: Higher Education Funding After the Pandemic with Fred Floss, Professor and Chair, Department of Economics and Finance, SUNY Buffalo State University and Fiscal Policy Institute, Senior Fellow, Thomas Anderson, Executive Director, Union of Part-Time Faculty, AFT Local 477, AFL-CIO, Thomas L. Harnisch, Vice President for Government Relations, and Sophia Laderman, Senior Policy Analyst, State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO).

Panel: Contingent Faculty, Job Security, and Academic Freedom with Carl Levine, Levy Ratner P.C., Keila Tennant, Associate General Counsel and VP for Labor Relations, The New School, Sonam Singh, former Unit Chair, BCF-UAW Local 2110, and Barry Miller, Senior Policy Advisor on Labour Relations, Office of the Provost, York University, Moderator.
Panel: Reasonable Accommodations for Faculty and Teaching Assistants with Alexandra (Sascha) Matish, Associate Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs and Senior Director, Academic Human Resources, University of Michigan, John Rose, Dean for Diversity, Hunter College, CUNY, Barbara Aloni, Disability & Productivity Consultant, The Standard Insurance Company, Laura Yvonne Bulk, President, CUPE Local 2278 (Canadian Union of Public Employees), PhD Candidate, Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of British Columbia, and Jamie Daniel, Former National Field Service Representative, AAUP, Participant and Moderator.

LERA Higher Education Industry Council Panel: The Changing Place of Labor Studies in Higher Education with Marissa Brookes, University of California, Riverside, Tobias Schulze-Cleven, Rutgers University, Cedric de Leon, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Ruth Milkman, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, Moderator.

Panel: Collective Bargaining from All Sides: Unionism, the Faculty Senate, Contingent Faculty, and Academic Administration with Jon E. Bekken, Albright College, David Hamilton Golland, Governors State University, Nelson Ouellet, Université de Moncton, Naomi R. Williams, Rutgers University, and Theodore Curry, Associate Provost, Associate VP, Michigan State University, Participant and Moderator.

Panel: Unemployment Insurance Policies and Practices: Adjunct Faculty, COVID-19, and Beyond with Michele Evermore, Senior Research and Policy Analyst, National Employment Law Project, George Wentworth, Of Counsel, National Employment Law Project, Arnab Datta, Senior Legislative Counsel, Employ America, and Francisco Diez, Worker Justice Policy Advocate, Center for Popular Democracy, Participant and Moderator.

Panel: Labor as Contingent as Free Speech? An Analysis of Recent Adjunct Faculty First Amendment Cases with Nora Devlin, Doctoral Candidate, Rutgers Graduate School of Education and Stacy Hawkins, Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School. Commentator: Martin Malin, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Institute for Law and the Workplace, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Christopher Simeone, AAUP, Commentator and Moderator.

Panel: Health and Safety Issues and COVID-19 with Deborah Berkowitz, Worker Safety and Health Program Director, National Employment Law Project, Amy Bahruth, Assistant Director for Health and Safety, American Federation of Teachers, Jeffrey Hescock, Executive Director of EH&S and Emergency Management, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Thomas H. Riley, Jr. Executive Director of Labor and Employee Relations and Special Counsel for the University of Illinois System, Moderator.

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26. Another group of very contingent workers win a court case - minor league baseball players


27. Adjuncts need more professional development opportunities, especially now


28. Chicago aldermen vote for equal pay for City Colleges adjuncts in negotiations


29. "Approximately 350 state university professors — most on four Western Pennsylvania campuses — face layoffs after the spring semester’s end, as expedited State System of Higher Education plans to square revenues with costs take shape.

"Layoff notices to tenured faculty on the seven campuses affected by the reductions must be sent out by Oct. 31 under collective bargaining agreement with the APSCUF. Notices for other faculty including adjuncts and probationary employees can be sent later in the academic year.

"The layoffs coupled with faculty who accepted early retirement this year would suggest a reduction in each force of at least 10%, not cutting attrition, but neither the system or union had a specific percentage Thursday."


30. Long Island U (NY) adjuncts

"Heather Parrott, an associate sociology professor and chair of the social sciences department at LIU Post, said departments like hers scrambled at the last minute to find adjuncts to teach the coursework of faculty who’d left. While many of the adjuncts are good teachers whose flexibility to meet the university’s needs were appreciated, she said, they couldn’t fully replicate the work of full-time professors experienced in teaching their courses and with a longtime commitment to the school." 


31. The latest entry in quit lit. This one a bit better than some.


32. "The full text of a 1921 article written anonymously by the wife of a professor at a state university needs few edits to reflect the current state of professorial espousing under similar conditions: “Can it be in the divine order of things that one Ph.D. should wash dishes a whole life time for another Ph. D. just because one is a woman and the other a man?”

"Nearly 100 years later, I would expect Dr. Anonymous and her husband would be disappointed to learn that the necessary, impenetrable predicament of state university academic marriages has not much changed.

"The original essay is on the left; my modern edits, the right. The edits in bold are intended to provoke conversation about universities’ treatment of faculty spouses.

"Like the author of the 1921 essay, the author and her spouse are both qualified to hold professorships. I am frequently asked by people outside academe what’s it like being married to a professor. To which I nastily and persistently reply, “Ask him yourself.”


33. "A number of part-time lecturers (PTL) in the Rutgers—New Brunswick Writing Program may lose their jobs in the spring semester as part of the latest wave of ongoing layoffs

"Amy Higer, president of the PTL Faculty Chapter of the American Association of University Professors and American Federation of Teachers (PTLFC-AAUP-AFT), said the University announced at the end of September that it would not be rehiring any of the current PTL within the program, but changed its position this week to preserve some positions for PTL after pressure from the Coalition of Rutgers Unions.

"University spokesperson Dory Devlin said 71 PTL were hired for the Writing Program this semester, but due to an expected a decrease in enrollment for the spring, the program anticipated needing a maximum of 40 PTL.

"The program proposed to rely, first, on full-time faculty and teaching assistants to teach the curriculum while assisting the University's efforts to control instructional costs given the huge budget deficits," Devlin said.


34. From Colorado and our colleague Caprice Lawless, Failing forward through advocacy


35. Anyone else notice that she is an adjunct? (latest Nobel prize winner in Literature)


36. Moneybags for billionaires, body bags for workers (including teachers)


37. I strongly encourage COCAL UPDATES readers to join these weekly Labor Notes higher ed conversations, moderated skillfully by Barbara Madeloni of LN, and formerly Pres. of MA Teachers Assoc.. To get on her list send her an email.


On Oct 6, 2020, at 5:24 AM, Barbara Madeloni <> wrote:

Hi all:
I apologize for the late update. Excellent meeting last week. Notes below.
The next PHEW meeting is Friday Oct. 9 at 3 PM eastern.
Here is the link.
We began the conversation on Friday reviewing take-a-ways from the webinar. These included:
-       Our problems are not individual, but collective and as organizers it is up to us to help others see that.
-       It is important to reach out to other unions early to talk through our demands, help them understand our choices, especially relative to broader social justice demands.
-       University systems are designed so that it is never clear who has the power to make decisions – we have to develop a strategy to interrupt this process.
-       It is essential – and not as difficult as it is made out to be- to understand university finances, especially capital debt.
-       We need to link financial choices to racial justice.  
-       Social justice demands bring more people into the struggle
The conversation then shifted to the ways some union officers actively squash member activism and militancy – and how to build rank and file power when this is happening. 
We discussed the need to present a clear alternative, to ask and answer the question 'what kind of union do you want your union to be?' We need to make demands within the union for transparency and democracy. Open bargaining is very effective at activating membership and showing a new way to be the union.
Looking forward to continuing the conversation Friday.
In solidarity
Barbara Madeloni
education coordinator
413- 695 6658

38. National AFT’s refusal to counter establishment Dem’s leaves teachers behind


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Joe Berry
510-527-5889 phone/fax landline
21 San Mateo Road, 
Berkeley, CA 94707
cell-510-999-0751 or
In Vermont-802-380-0193
Skype: joeberry1948