COCAL Updates

COCAL is the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor, a nearly 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 and a website www.cocalinternational.org and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/COCALInternational>.

These updates are compiled and distributed weekly by Joe Berry and are reprinted here with his permission. These are the updates from January 28, 2016.

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INTERNATIONAL

1. Report from precarious work conference in Ontario
http://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/speculative-diction/confronting-conditions-contract-faculty/

2. Mexican labor news and analysis (including teacher news)
http://murphyinstituteblog.org/2016/02/29/mexican-labor-news-and-analysis-february-2016/

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UPDATES IN BRIEF AND LINKS

1. Raritan College (NJ) Faculty union (AFT) calls for fair contract
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbH0S-WZBms&feature=share

2. Job openings
Well, we are so busy that we now have 3 jobs open – 2 in SoCal and 1 in NoCal. Please share think link far and wide: http://nuhw.org/jobs/.

We thank you all for your continued support.

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Phyllis Willett
Director of Operations
pwillett@nuhw.org
Ofc:  510-834-2009
Fax:  510-834-2018
Cell:  510-219-4910

National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW)
5801 Christie Ave, Suite 525
Emeryville, CA 94608

3. The pitiful plight of part-time professors
http://theodysseyonline.com/hunter-college/the-pitiful-plight-of-part-time-professors/322643

4. Temple union (TAUP/AFT) changing constitution now that it won bargaining rights for adjuncts
http://temple-news.com/news/amending-the-taup-constitution/

5. NW MI Coll faculty confront Board over unionization (non-adjunct) NEA
http://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/nmc-faculty-speaks-out/article_47aebbab-eadc-53ed-8505-440e0e44b82b.html

6. Need to talk about adjunct profs’ treatment (St Louis U)
http://thetab.com/us/washu/2016/02/22/man-street-adjunct-professors-31

7. Academic waste
https://chroniclevitae.com/news/1301-academic-waste#sthash.ZhPjGwHS.B1LFOqGK.dpuf

8. From AFT 1493 Advocate (San Mateo (CA) CCD) on adjuncts feeling undervalued, by one of our colleagues (full disclosure: I was an adjunct in this district, a member of union, and their staff Exec. Sec in the past.)

http://aft1493.org/feb-2016-advocate-adjuncts-feel-full-timerpart-timer-divide/

9. Grad student employees and unionization (IHE interview forum series part 1)
https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/graduate-student-employees-and-unionization-part-i?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=183bc9e3a3-DNU20160224&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-183bc9e3a3-197454541

and #2  https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/graduate-student-employees-and-unionization-part-ii?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=8ef91c166e-DNU20160226&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-8ef91c166e-197454541

AAUP files amicus brief in grad unionization case
https://academeblog.org/2016/02/29/aaup-files-amicus-brief-in-columbia-university-case-supporting-graduate-assistants-rights-to-unionize-under-the-nlra/

10. U of Alaska adjunct non-renewed for defending title IX
http://www.uafsunstar.com/you-dont-know-jack-adjunct-professors-contract-not-renewed-2/

11. Colleges worried that new Obama overtime rules might make them pay post-docs (and others) more
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/02/25/what-does-department-labors-overtime-rule-mean-higher-education?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=4ee1b0e4b3-DNU20160225&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-4ee1b0e4b3-197454541

12. Durham, NC City Council asked to back adjunct union
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/durham-news/article62289907.html

13. A year after unionizing, Boston U adjuncts still seek contract (SEIU)
http://dailyfreepress.com/2016/02/26/a-year-after-unionizing-bu-adjuncts-continue-contract-negotiation/

14. Grads paid less in summer for same work
http://dailycampus.com/stories/2016/2/26/graduate-students-paid-less-for-same-work-during-summer-intersession

15. Grads at U of MO, Columbia stage work-in for union recognition
https://leftlaborreporter.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/graduate-workers-at-mizzou-stage-work-in-for-union-recognition/

17. Video for Duke U union election
https://www.facebook.com/duketeachingfirst/videos/1543533265939781/

18. Geo. Mason U task force addresses adjunct concerns
http://gmufourthestate.com/2016/02/23/mason-task-force-addresses-adjunct-faculty-concerns/

19. San Diego adjunct actions
http://adjunctcrisis.com/2016/02/26/our-adjunct-action-day-events-a-follow-up/

20. Collective bargaining leadership: an adjunct perspective by Robin Meade (who was fired while adjunct chapter president (AFT) and finally got her job back.
http://thekeep.eiu.edu/jcba/vol7/iss1/7/

21. Laying off faculty ands closing programs brings College of St Rose’s president an award
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/02/29/president-wins-award-cutting-tenured-faculty-jobs

22. CO CC faculty (AAUP) press state governing board for reforms,
https://academeblog.org/2016/02/29/community-college-faculty-press-governing-board-for-workplace-reforms/

23. Public education unions call Vergara (anti teacher tenure case) lawsuit meritless
https://leftlaborreporter.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/public-education-supporters-describe-vergara-lawsuit-as-meritless/

24. March edition of Too Much, the newsletter on inequality by Sam Pizzigatti, former NEA comm dir.
http://toomuchonline.org/tmmonthly.html

25. From the Student Labor Action Project, “Wall Street, the real university president”
http://studentlabor.org/2014/05/27/wall-street-the-real-university-president/

26. Anti-Spellings (New U of NC head)  protest backed by adjunct SEIU group, Faculty Forward
http://www.wsoctv.com/news/north-carolina/antispellings-protests-backed-by-facultyunion-offshoot/129991579

27. Columbia College, Chicago, PFAC (adjunct union, Independent) has ULPs deferred back to greivance procedure for settlement
http://www.columbiachronicle.com/campus/article_f14e56e4-dd1a-11e5-9474-77cefcb428f7.html

28. Columbus St Adjuncts carry big load with low pay and no benefits
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/02/29/colleges-adjunct-instructors-carry-big-load-for-low-pay-no-benefits.html

29. No contract yet for Montclair St (NJ)  adjuncts (AFT)
http://patch.com/new-jersey/montclair/no-contract-montclair-state-adjuncts-teachers-union-wants-equal-pay-0

30. Our colleague, Bonnie Halloran, Pres of the AFT NTT local, LEO ,at U of MI, is featured in the Fall issue of the AFT’s On Campus magazine.
http://www.aft.org/periodical/aft-campus/fall-2015/member-profile

31. North Bay (north of SF, CA) Jobs With Justice job opening for lead organizer. For info Marty Bennett,  mbennett@vom.com

32. St Rose FTTT faculty follow adjuncts’ lead and unionize (SEIU)
https://www.facebook.com/FASTR2015/posts/1229490380411605
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