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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 2022 (waiting another year!) 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 2022. However, there will be a small blended conference in 2021 in Mexico City, with zoom access around the world. Watch this space for details.

NOTE: AFT national Contingent Event:

  Hi All:

The AFT Adjunct/Contingent Caucus will be holding a general meeting July 22nd, this Thursday, from 3-5 PST.

In addition to the discussion of the caucus and recent work on the adjunct/contingent front, we will have the following panel discussions and presentations:

Ed Muir The AFT Deputy Director of Strategic Initiatives and Alyssa Picard, Director of AFT Higher Ed will be holding a panel discussion discussing recent challenges to unions, the national adjunct/contingent climate, and AFT Higher Ed.

Aimee Loiselle, co-facilitator of Scholars for a New Deal in Higher Education will be discussing the recent SFNDHE's bold platform/vision statement regarding Higher Education.

CFT's own Jennifer Shanoski, President of the Peralta Federation of Teachers, will be discussing Peralta's Adjunct Pay Parity Campaign.

Enclosed please find a flyer and agenda.

Here's the zoom link:


Time: Jul 22, 2021, 03:00 PM Pacific Time


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2.  Latest issue of AAUP Academe on New Deal for Higher, and especially article by our colleague and U of CA Council, AFT, leaders Mia McIver and Trevor Griffey and review of Free City:The Fight for San Francisco’s City College and Education for All





1. "The Canadian Historical Association must recognize precarity within our discipline for what it is: a form of structural violence. The “collegial” structures within the academy implicate full-time faculty in a system, while not of our making, that is fundamentally unfair and exploitative. 

“As Rob Nixon has shown, structural violence is a slow violence that is normalized to such a degree that many don’t even recognize it as violence at all. The dismissal of precarity in our universities has been aided by the corrosive idea that we live and work in a meritocracy: that the “best” candidates do find full-time employment. On the one hand, the internalization of the meritocratic idea has caused many contingent faculty and recent graduates looking for work to doubt themselves. If only they had worked harder, published more, met more people: then the outcome might have been different. On the other hand, meritocratic thinking has served to comfort the comfortable: effectively depoliticizing precarity and rendering the structural violence all but invisible to others. There is no solidarity in a meritocracy.”

2. Pay in  Hungry





1. This from Vermont Workers Center

Solidarity with online faculty at Northern VT University 

The Vermont State College System relies heavily on part-time faculty who receive no health benefits. Now, the VSC Administration wants to create an “underclass” of faculty and slash their pay. Before the NVU Online faculty organized their union, the VSC administration used a tiered compensation system for NVU Online faculty. Vermont-based faculty were paid at the same rate as other VSC part-timers. In recent years the administration has increased hiring out-of-state faculty (often from southern states) who are paid at a significantly lower rate. Now the VSC wants to move all NVU Online faculty to that lower scale.
Sign this petition to support these education workers:

2. From Strikewave
New Contracts
Buffalo School Board ratifies first contract in nine years with teacher aides, support staff - Buffalo News
The Buffalo Board of Education this week announced that it ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with its teaching assistants, teacher aides and health care aides.

California child care providers reach contract with state, secure 15% minimum pay raise- Sacramento Bee
It’s their first-ever collective bargaining agreement in California.



UC nurses union approves strike notice pending staffing negotiations - WCPO
Nurses at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center have authorized their union to issue a strike notice if contract negotiations don't yield what they consider to be "safer" staffing levels.


3. for this week

4. Labor notes higher ed calls

Hi all:

Hope you all are finding ways to stay cool in the various heat waves.

The next PHEW meeting is Wednesday June 30 at 3:30 PM EDT.

Here is the link:

The Vermont State AFL-CIO has asked for institutional support in the face of an investigation by the national AFL-CIO. PHEW should consider signing on. Please review this letter and we can decide on Wednesday if we would like to sign on as PHEW. Let me know if you have an opinion and cannot make the meeting this week.

At our last meeting we took up three issues.

First, we discussed how to hold a caucus retreat in which meaningful conversations are had, decisions made, and we hold people together across differences?  A subset of this conversation was: what do we do about differences of opinion about strategy that seem to be fundamental (are we taking on issues or working to transform the union or both?) We discussed making a role for everyone in meeting and the caucus and taking on conflict directly by naming it, but through a shared eext of some sort so that the arguments are not personal.

The question was asked: what is a caucus and this handy explanation was posted.

Second: We also discussed the emotional toll that this past year is taking on so many people and the need for us to support each other emotionally. 

Third, we noted the clarity with which we have to take up the question of identifying who we are hypothetically organizing and who we are actually organizing

Lots more discussion within each of these subjects.

See you Wednesday.

in solidarity
Barbara Madeloni
education coordinator
413- 695 6658


5.  An article from In These Times was recommended to you: <BR> <BR>The Roots of Today's White Collar Union Wave Are Deeper Than You Think <BR>


6. 9 profs dumped at Sierra Nevada U (NV)


7. NYC municipal unions sell out on retiree health care


8. A very good article on racism and white people. Lots of lessons for contingent faculty


9. Nikole Hannah-Jones tenure approved at UNC


10. Univ. of NM faculty have first contracts, with bigger raises for adjuncts part of deal


11. Labor Notes higher ed call

HI all:

The next PHEW meeting will be Wednesday July 7 at 3:30 PM.

Here is the link:

Our discussions this week touched on three different issues.

1) Sam talked about how their local, in debriefing from two recent contract campaigns, is thinking about how to create spaces that encourage disagreement while preserving solidarity. They will be creating facilitator guidelines with this as a goal.

2) Marisa brought up the question of how we defend against the slow creep of attacking one program at a time on campuses. How do we bring workers together to defend programs and help them see that often these attacks, mostly against the humanities, are the first step in undermining the university. We discussed developing a shared vision and helping to name what was happening.

3) This led to a conversation about the fragmentation of campuses workers and the difficulty of building cross-campus coalitions. These difficulties complicated by hierarchies of power within the university, union bureaucracies and the ways staff and leaders can work to limit rank and file access. We discussed the need to create our own opportunities to bring union members into conversation with each other.

UPDATE on VT AFL-CIO issue: Trumka has stopped the investigation. This is part of a message from David Van Deusen, VT AFL-CIO president: "Today I received a formal letter from National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.  In the letter Trumka confirmed that the investigation against us for passing a General Strike Authorization Resolution has concluded and that he asserts we engaged in misconduct based on his (dubious) reading of national bylaws. Trumka also used the letter to attack us for developing a relationship of solidarity with the progressive rank & file caucuses within the non-AFL-CIO VSEA (Vermont State Workers United!) and NEA (Vermont School Workers Action Committee).  But in the end, he stated that he would NOT take any disciplinary action against us at this time. This is a major win for Union democracy within the AFL-CIO, and the Vermont AFL-CIO is proud of our conduct, commitment to social justice Unionism, relationship building within the broader pro-Union left, and our commitment to defending democracy. We may be one of the smallest and most rural States in the nation (with a population of just over 600,000), but here in Vermont our membership is growing and we are not afraid to lead.  And lead we will!"

Stay cool and have a good week.

In solidarity,

Barbara Madeloni
education coordinator
413- 695 6658


12. From Who Gets the Bird

Jacobin ran an interview with grad student workers at Colorado State University who organized with the Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee (a project of UE and DSA) through the pandemic.


13. for this week


14. Nikole  Hannah-Jones statement on UNC case and her dsecision to go to Howard.


15. From Berkeley to USC to community colleges and beauty schools, California higher education is awash in cash from more than $9.5 billion in federal Covid-19 relief meant for student grants, emergency equipment, reimbursements for lost revenue and other programs to ease the effects of the global pandemic.

The Golden State’s share of money awarded by Congress across three major pandemic relief bills to what’s called the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund is by far the nation’s largest, over $3.5 billion more than second-ranked Texas, records show. The state’s total award across 497 universities, colleges and trade schools is bigger than the gross domestic products of 54 individual nations, according to World Bank data .
Brill-Wynkoop from the faculty association, said that among the ways the community colleges should spend some of the money is to give stipends to thousands of part-time faculty members who did extra, unpaid work transitioning to remote teaching.
Unlike full-time professors, she said, they are paid only for the time they are in front of students, and most have received nothing for time spent learning and preparing to teach online.
15. From Who Gets the Bird

The Columbia grad worker unit of UAW Local 2110 elected a new bargaining committee, as part of the long fallout from their strike effort this spring. It appears that the group that opposed the strike settlement and helped organize the “no” vote on the tentative agreement swept the elections, and promptly renamed themselves the Student Workers of Columbia, indicative of their aims to bring undergraduate student workers into the union.

The NEA held their annual meeting and representative assembly last week, and honestly the most I heard about it was from right-wing talk radio wingnuts frothing over the union’s stance on “critical race theory.” But I did find this useful round-up of resolutions passed from journalist Maddy Will and would be curious to hear from members and others on what else stuck out from the virtual meeting.


16. U of S CA nurses on strike (NNU)


17. Fox news on AFT Pres. salary (reasonable issue, IMO, but also consider the source)


18. Ithaca  College--The reaction among rank-and-file faculty members was more mixed. Collado, Cornish and the Ithaca administration came under fire last year after announcing layoffs of more than 100 of the college’s 547 faculty members, with the cuts concentrated on part-time adjunct and non-tenure-track faculty members.
Rachel Fomalhaut, a writing and women’s and gender studies lecturer at the college and chair of the Ithaca College Contingent Faculty Union, said some faculty members were upset by Collado’s announcement of her departure and said she was abandoning the college right after wreaking havoc among faculty ranks. Fomalhaut was among those laid off. She is teaching summer courses but will not return to Ithaca in the fall.
“I, like a lot of folks, have been predicting that this was what was going to happen,” Fomalhaut said. “Because what we see across higher ed is that administrators come in, they make huge paychecks, they gut programs, they fire a bunch of faculty like President Collado did, and then they leave onto their bright future and they leave a mess in their wake.”


19. I have experienced the challenges of entering the professoriate firsthand. Despite how often I was told, “You’re from the Ivies, you’ll get a job,” it took four years to obtain a tenure-track position after I earned my Ph.D. During that time, I was teaching four classes in the fall and four classes in the spring at a university best known for its basketball program. The job left me with little to no time to publish, and my working conditions were subpar. I am an Americanist, but there I spent all my work prepping for courses that were largely outside my expertise, such as World Civilization and Western Civilization. Teaching these courses drastically impacted my student evaluations, which ranged from questions regarding my intelligence to statements about my wardrobe. The university offered me $32,000 when the average starting salary at the time was $50,000. I was told I would have my own office but found out later I would be sharing with two other adjuncts. I pushed back where I could, but it was difficult. Out of over 500 faculty members, I was the only African American woman teaching at the college.

20. Gig workers prep for battle


21. Racism, cutbacks, and contingency at U of OK


22. What academic labor wants: a report from the summit


23. Hi All:

I send his note with some urgency regarding AFTACC's request for testimonials regarding adjunct/contingent and the need for unemployment insurance. The AFTACC needs more and we need them soon.

 According to recent data processed by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show that nationwide, enrollment was down by 600,000 this past Spring compared to a year ago, with a national decline in community college enrollment of 9.5%.  This loss of enrollment has necessarily resulted in the loss of work and income for thousands adjunct/contingent faculty nationwide.

While colleges and universities are reopening, many students, either wary of return, or more often facing the tremendous financial and personal challenges created by the COVID Epidemic, are either foregoing or delaying enrollment. 

Further, many Public Higher Ed systems, who receive funding based on enrollment, have already seen stretched budgets slashed.

This, in short, means the high levels of adjunct/contingent unemployment will not go away in the Fall, or the immediate future.

Many of these unemployed adjunct/contingents have struggled to hang on by the grace of unemployment insurance provided through their states. This is because these states have recognized that adjunct/contingent faculty, hired on a term-by-term basis, contingent upon enrollment, do not have “reasonable assurance” of being rehired.

However, many states interpret “reasonable assurance” differently, leaving adjunct/contingent faculty with no access to desperately needed unemployment insurance.

The solution to this issue is the US Department of Labor to change its language regarding “reasonable assurance,” thus making it possible for all unemployed adjunct/contingent faculty to receive needed unemployment relief. 

This would also aid current adjunct/contingent in those states that grant them benefits, in that often the difference between state and Federal guidelines complicates the process, resulting in a denial of benefits.

THE AFTACC is seeking adjunct/contingent testimonials it will in turn pass on to other major union and advocacy groups, such as the American Federation of Teachers which will meet with the Department of Labor to lobby for this needed change. We are asking adjunct/contingent faculty, whether in states which current give unemployment benefits or not, to send us any of the following:

1)     How unemployment has impacted you and how unemployment benefits, if you do not receive them, would impact your life
2)     How unemployment has impacted your life, and how unemployment benefits, if you receive them, helps you.
3)     How applying for unemployment benefits has been a personal and emotional struggle.
4)     If you’re a local union leader or adjunct/activist shares the effects of unemployment on your adjunct/faculty.

We (AFTACC) will only pass on  the names of adjuncts or their locals by request. I myself am currently unemployed and thankfully receiving benefits.  I know the pain and the shame.  Our request is meant only to advocate, empower, and uplift.

Please email your testimonials to mixiniminao@gmailcom.

In solidarity,

Geoff Johnson

AFTACC President

PS: Please share widely

24. Hi Joe,

LAWCHA has posted the event on its Youtube channel.  It appears as two links because the intro overview was recorded, then the whole panel. 

Please circulate widely!

LAWCHA Opening Plenary
"College for All and a National Agenda for Labor in Higher Ed"
Intro Overview



25. Letter from Howard U NTT faculty to Nicole Hannah-Jones about admin stonewalling contract negotiations for contingents


26. Dear Maggie, Christine, Joe, and Nicola,

Happy Bastille Day!  I hope this note finds you well.

I'm excited to share with you the recording of the Shelter & Solidarity program we did with you all on "Adjunct Life, Literature, and Struggle."  

We really enjoyed our discussion with you, and I hope that you enjoy watching it back, and will find it worth sharing with your respective networks, friends, colleagues, and organizations.  (We'll be sharing it with our own S&S network shortly!)

All best wishes, and in solidarity,

P.S.  One more thing.  I'm also attaching a recent Vision Platform that came out of the recent summit of the new formation called Higher Ed Labor--an exciting initiative--involving hundreds of organizers from over 75 unions and 30 states--that I know Nicola Walters helped organize and that Joe Berry, Linda, and myself are both now involved in.  Would love to hear what you think of this, and ways, literary, critical, and organizational that we might engage and amplify the goals of this new initiative!  

27. From  Payday Report: U of S CA nurses strike

In Los Angeles, hundreds of nurses have gone on strike at Keck Hospital of USC and the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

“We don’t want to strike, but our patients’ safety is jeopardized by chronic short staffing and the hospital’s excessive reliance on outside contractors without the appropriate skill mix to provide safe care,” USC nurse Joshua Duarte said in a statement.

For more, check out CBS Los Angeles. 


and from Howard U (DC) contingents

oward University Adjuncts Complain About Lack of Tenure-Track Jobs 

Award-winning NYT journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones recently decided to take a tenure-track job at Howard University after the University of North Carolina controversially denied her tenure as the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Reporting at North Carolina.

However, adjuncts at Howard have brought up Hannah-Jones’ offer of tenure to draw attention to how so many non-tenured faculty are never given the opportunity to even seek tenure at Howard. 

In the three years after they successfully voted to unionize, Howard University has resisted efforts to bargain a fair union contract with its adjunct union. 

“Three years ago, the full-time faculty who work in positions not subject to tenure, organized and voted to create a Union that covers a membership roster of less than 150 professors,” wrote Imani Light, an adjunct professor at Howard. “And in the three years since that ratifying vote passed, Howard University has rivaled the likes of Amazon and Wal-Mart in their efforts to first block and then break the Union of non-tenure-track faculty.” 

Check out the full open letter here.


and Mass. Considers Repealing a Ban on Public Employees’ Strikes 

Many states ban strikes by public employees, claiming that allowing public employees to strike would deny citizens vital public services. But not being allowed to strike legally, public employees are forced to resort to often legally risky wildcat strikes. 

As a result, some lawmakers and unions are now pushing Massachusetts to repeal their ban on public employees striking. 

“It’s not fair to turn to a public educator or a firefighter and say to that worker they shouldn’t be afforded the same fundamental rights in the workplace as all workers,” State Rep. Mike Connolly told WWLP. 

28. New review of new adjunct  novels


29. From Strike Wave, In search of union democracy. (well worth as look)


30. "" <

Higher Ed Labor Summit Next Steps

To: Joe Berry <>


Dear Joe,

Last week, representatives from over 75 unions and organizations representing over 300,000 academic workers across the US gathered to take the first steps towards building a national mass movement to transform higher ed. The 300+ academic workers in attendance--including student workers, postdocs, staff, and adjunct, contingent, and tenure faculty--joined together to create a bold, unified vision for higher education that prioritizes people and the common good over profit and prestige. You can read the final Vision Platform here and watch a

short video of the event here.

This summit is only the beginning. In order to transform higher ed into a more just system, workers will have to continue to organize to build solidarity and power and to fight to restructure our campuses as part of a shared national agenda. To get involved in organizing to build the movement, please fill out this form.

Over the next week, unions and organizations will vote to ratify the final Vision Platform. You can see a full list of registered unions/organizations here. If yours is not registered, please reply to this email. 


Amy Higer
Amy Loiselle
Dan Brown
Bryan Sacks
Colena Sesankar 
Marisa Chapell
Nicola Walters
Richard Newhauser
Todd Wolfson
Rafael Jaime
Ian Gavigan
Trent McDonald
Jewel Tomasula


31. Google Groups
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• CSEU Call for Proposals: Academia, Justice and the Workplace, Aug 12 - 14 - 1 Update

CSEU Call for Proposals: Academia, Justice and the Workplace, Aug 12 - 14
Emily Schkeryantz <>: Jul 14 04:18PM -0400 

Good morning all,
The Coalition of Student Employee Union's annual conference will be virtual
this year, August 12th - 14th, with the theme: Academia, Justice and the
CSEU conference organizers are extending the deadline for proposal
submissions until at least July 19th!
Consider making a proposal, or sharing with folks you know would be
interested. For clarification, faculty and non-student researchers
*can* present,
alone or as part of a group, with or without a student researcher
Proposal submissions can be made here:
Registration for the conference itself:
This year’s conference theme is *academia, justice, and the workplace*. The
goal of this year’s conference is to provide a space for acknowledgement: a
space for collective reflection, deliberation, and collaborative research.
We invite all those employed in academia to submit a proposal, as
individuals, or as groups.
In keeping with the collaborative nature of this year’s theme, we also
highly encourage creative submissions (e.g., visual art, spoken word,
multimedia presentations, etc.), as this is an extremely important aspect
of knowledge mobilization.
Topic examples include, but are not limited to:
The impact of the pandemic on work in academia
Equity and gender discrimination in academia and beyond
Colonialism, racial oppression, and microaggression
Disability rights and accessibility
Indigenous rights
Corporatization of the post-secondary sector
The role of unions in academic institutions
Epistemic injustice in existing curricula
Online work, sleep, fatigue
Mobilizing activist networks in the university
The perils of virtual education and the online university
Please reach out with any questions to
in solidarity,
Emily Schkeryantz
Co-Chair, Solidarity Committee
Coalition of Student Employee Unions
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32. From Whom Gets the Bird:

 Even University of Michigan can do it, recognizing a new unit of 176 “GLAM” (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museum) workers as an addition to the existing LEO-AFT Local 6244.


and AFSCME Local 1072, representing workers at the University of Maryland, held a protest demanding the administration extend and expand telework policies for office workers. The university currently plans to mandate all employees back to in-person work in August.


and  Educators in Tecumseh, MI narrowly voted down their contract, Santa Maria, CA teachers reached an agreement after a long impasse, the Teton (ID) Education Association is suing their school district for failure to disburse funds released by the state, the San Dieguito (CA) Faculty Association is pushing a recall effort against a school board trustee, and Frederick County, MD teachers are at an impasse…


33. Labor Notes roundup


34. Report from the higher ed labor summit


35. @ IL Ed Ass adjunct leaders are guests at Joe Biden speech in IL


36. Latest issue of AAUP Academe on New Deal for Higher, and especially article by our colleagues and U of CA Council, AFT, leaders Mia McIver and Trevor Griffey and review of Free City:The Fight for San Francisco’s City College and Education for All


37. Sad loss of major past contingent faculty leader April Freely

Dear NFM and Ohio PT Faculty Association Friends,

I am heartbroken to let you know, if you haven't already heard, that our friend and colleague, April Freely, who co-founded the Ohio Part-time Faculty Association in 2012, co-chaired with our dear late friend David Wilder, and served on the NFMF Board, died suddenly last week on July 8.  I believe she was only 38 or 39.

She had moved on from NFM and OPTFA in 2018, focusing full time on fulfilling her deeply rooted vocation as a poet, artist, activist, and community organizer, having received fellowships and awards from arts centers from Cleveland to Tulsa to Provincetown. In January 2020 she was appointed Executive Director of the Fire Island Artist Residency in NYC. She had so much incredible promise besides having done so much already.

On her Facebook page  a friend was collecting remembrances that could be read at her memorial service, which will take place in NYC tomorrow (today) and for which there is a Zoom link.  I took the liberty of submitting one on behalf of all of us at OPTFA and NFM, copied below.  I've also copied (below that) some links that were there to some of her amazing work. 

I'm sorry to have to share such terrible news. And because her family needs help with expenses, there is a GoFundMe if you are able to contribute: Fundraiser for Oliver Freely by Jennifer Cheng : Remembering April Freely ( link to her service is on the picture below. Please feel free to share. With love, Maria

Dear Jennifer,
I write on behalf of April's friends and colleagues at the Ohio Part-time Faculty Association (OPTFA), which she co-founded with us, in 2012 in Cleveland, and New Faculty Majority (NFM), a national advocacy organization for contingent faculty on whose foundation board she served through 2017. We are shocked and heartbroken to learn of her passing and send our deepest condolences to her family and friends.
April was a natural leader, a voice of integrity, passion, and courage challenging the exploitative employment practices in higher education that she knew all too well from trying to survive as an adjunct faculty member in northeast Ohio. She helped organize faculty to advocate for themselves and their students and communities, and did everything she could to support faculty activism even as she was caring for her mother, teaching, and fulfilling her own artistic promise. She was an absolute joy to work with, and as she moved on from this particular work with us, dashing our hopes that she would assume a larger leadership role, we always knew she was still fighting with us through her own work, and still leading by showing us how to do our work better, more honestly, and more compassionately. As long as we knew her, we were --and continue to be--profoundly moved by her beautiful work and proud of her richly deserved recognition.
Her loss is immeasurable. We grieve with you and her family and will never forget her.
With love, gratitude, and respect,
Maria Maisto for OPTFA and NFM 

Essay Daily: Talk About the Essay: Jennifer S. Cheng, April Freely, Shamala Gallagher, Aisha Sabatini Sloan, and Addie Tsai: The Lyric Essay’s Ghosts and Shadows: A Conversation

American Poetry Review – Poems (
Maria Maisto
President, New Faculty Majority: The National Coalition for Adjunct and Contingent Equity


38. U of Pit faculty try for union  recognition with USW


39. New review of Power Despite Precarity

"Despite recent organizing gains among some contingent faculty members, the adjunctification of higher education has left hundreds of thousands of college and university teachers with low pay, spotty benefit coverage, and little job security. As former adjuncts Joe Berry and Helena Worthen report in their new book, Power Despite Precarity: Strategies for the Contingent Movement in Higher Education (Pluto Press, 2021), an estimated 70 to 80 percent of all contingent faculty in the U.S. still lack union representation.
"To help the contingent faculty movement prepare for its next big battles, the authors have produced a timely history of union activity among “second tier faculty excluded from the tenure system.” It updates Berry’s previous survey of the field in Reclaiming the Ivory Tower (Monthly Review Press, 2005) and draws heavily on their own experience in California and other states. Their detailed case study of membership mobilization, contract bargaining, and political action by the California Faculty Association (CFA) illustrates many of the continuing challenges facing  contingent faculty trying to form their own bargaining units or influence the direction of unions that include tenure line teaching staff with sometimes divergent interests."  


40. "The American Association of University Professors sees "an existential threat to shared governance and academic freedom" resulting from the economic and other hardships facing most faculty members, according to a new report.
"The report builds on a report the AAUP issued in April on faculty salaries for the year (which fell, when adjusted for inflation, for the first time since 2011-12) but adds additional information on how COVID-19 affected the faculty and an analysis of trends affecting adjunct faculty. 
“The AAUP says it didn't ask about the financial impact on part-time faculty because survey respondents wouldn't know about changes to the economic status of part-time faculty members.” 

41. "An open letter addressed to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and incoming Howard University professor Nikole Hannah-Jones is bringing attention to deep-seated issues its author said are felt by a “devalued and disrespected faculty” at the historically Black institution in Washington.
"The letter’s author, who claims to be a faculty member, is unknown. But the individual’s pleas for higher pay and better working conditions have resonated with faculty without tenure — the job protection measure that brought Hannah-Jones to Howard after a contentious recruitment by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which initially hired her without the status.
"The letter, posted last week to, outlined grievances that have been the focus of a fledgling union of more than 100 non-tenure-track faculty, including lecturers and master instructors. Specifically, it has reignited calls to raise salaries, as well as end policies that require lecturers to reapply for their jobs at the end of each school year and leave their teaching position after seven years." 


42. for this week


43. COVID and the faculty in new report from AAUP


44. New issue of American historian has a number of articles on grads and one by our contingent colleagues about us


and especially


45. Dear LAWCHA Members,

I hope everyone is having a good summer.  I'm just writing with an update and a request from the Duke University Press Workers Union.  As I mentioned in an earlier email this April, our colleagues at DUP have been attempting to form a union with The NewsGuild-CWA.  We work very closely with DUP as the publisher of LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History.

In spite of a well-funded anti-union campaign led by Ogletree-Deakins, the union finished ahead by 35 votes to 31 in an NLRB election this June with a 96% voter turnout.  Eight ballots have been contested and the outcome of these appeals is still pending.  Two weeks ago Duke University petitioned the NLRB to invalidate the election and hold a fresh ballot, citing an administrative error relating to the Board's dispatch of mail ballots which was subsequently resolved, and a brief Zoom glitch in which the board's official representative lost audio function during the counting process.  The DUPWU's statement on that petition can be found here.

The DUPWU has made an appeal for supporters to sign an open letter to leaders at Duke University, calling upon them to withdraw the petition and respect the will of a majority of DUP workers without further delay and obfuscation.


Though several staff at DUP have told us that they have found the last several months to be intensely stressful and exhausting, the continued support and encouragement that they have received from allies nationwide, including many LAWCHA members, has been a continued source of encouragement.  You can obtain more immediate updates from DUPWU by following them on Twitter. 

Thank you for your time and consideration.  

Patrick Dixon

Patrick Dixon
Managing Editor
LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History
Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor
Maguire Hall 201
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057
Phone: (202) 687-1767
Fax: (202) 687-8607
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48. Contract at N VT U (AFT)

Dear Supporters:

Thank you for your support! Your actions helped us (the NVU Online bargaining team) reach an agreement with administration.

We won:

• NO pay cuts.

• Restructured pay grades for academic years 2022, 2023, and 2024

• A "legacy rate" for faculty currently paid above these pay grades (they will continue to receive their current pay).

• Seniority credit for ALL classes taught at NVU Online and its predecessors EDP and JSC online, along with equivalent credit for all online classes taught in the VSC. (administration had been trying to date seniority to only 2016 and only in the NVU Online program).

Is it parity? No, but it is a first step and a first contract, one that gets much closer to our insistence that NVU Online faculty are NVU part time faculty.

These gains get us to a contract that includes many benefits -- such as a faculty development fund, eligibility for an annual Excellence in Teaching award, and the right to use the university's athletic and recreational facilities-- already enjoyed by other NVU part-time faculty, as well as the ownership of online content that we create.

We deeply appreciate your solidarity. Our success was earned by our collective determination to insist on fairness and respect.
With gratitude,
the NVU Bargaining Team:
Nancy Thompson
Valerie Welter
Clyde Stats
Sallie Mack
Amy Beattie
Zoe Griffing
Raymond Lambert
Andrea Altman



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