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 and Facebook page>.

These updates are compiled and distributed weekly by Joe Berry and are reprinted here with his permission. These are the updates from June 11, 2016.


The Coalition of Contingent Academic Labour (COCAL) is a network of North American activists working to improve higher education by improving the work environment of contingent academic labourers. They strive to achieve job reliability, better wages, academic freedom, time and resources for academic research and professional development. Every other year, COCAL offers an international conference that  welcomes delegates from Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. The twelfth COCAL Conference (COCAL XII) will be heldAugust 5-7, 2016 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.[UNIQID]

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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 and Facebook page <>.


NOTE: Donate to AFT 2121 fund to help the fight for the CCSF that SF deserves. This will help fund their hardship fund in the event of a strike. Remember that 60% of CCSF faculty are PT and that SF has the highest rents in the USA. Be generous, please.

1. National report find various accreditors’ actions very uneven regarding sanctions and clearly shows ACCJC as an outlier regading % of accredited institutions sanctioned

2. A complicated message, but worth your reading


1. Why are Mexican teachers being jailed for opposing education reform?

and 6 are now confirmed dead



and Death toll rises as government represses dissent


and a very good article,

2. CA Fed of Teachers President’s appeal for support for Mexican teachers.

3. Junior faculty at Ben Gurion U (Israel) to strike over layoffs and cuts

4. Chicago teachers organize support for Mexican colleagues

5. Britain – Why Higher ed matters, interview with author of new book which is a collection of columns from higher ed union newspaper

6. San Francisco community protest in support of Mexican teachers

7. Ireland: the increasingly precarious life of an academic

8. Turkey – Academics freed from jail pending lesser chrarges than terrorism


1. UNITED ASSOC. FOR LABOR EDUCATION summer schools for union women, in all 4 regions of US.

2. PSC settles TA at CUNY



3. U Mass Boston supporters protest adjunct faculty cuts

4. USW withdraws petition to unionize Chatham U adjuncts

5. Teacher unions bargaining for the common good‘bargaining-common-good’

6. The master-servant relationship at work today

7. What can labor learn from the Sanders campaign?

8. Long time FTNTT faculty member terminated after 27 years with no reason given at Bradley U (IL), AAUP protests

9. Champlain Col. (VT) adjunct negotiations sour over pay (SEIU)

10. Latest isue of

11. OK City public schools admins are soliciting private donations to help them hire adjunct K-12 teachers. (I do not think this is a joke, but I could  be mistaken.)

12. Adjunct-themed cartoon caption contest

13. Why a North Carolina teacher blocked traffic demanding better for her students, and was arrested with dozens of others

14. Your professors are in the struggle and they’re not winning yet

15. Blame high tuition on bloated executive slaries, not new overtime rules for adjuncts and grad employees

16. Poster worth a chuckle, from our colleague Lydia Field Snow in IL

17. Reports from the People’s Summit in Chicago, including the Labor for Bernie meeting held there’s-summit—and-’s-good-thing



18. Contingent car washers get record settlement, from Morning Shift
CAR WASHERS REACH LANDMARK SETTLEMENT: From NBC’s Brian Latimer: “A group of Latino car wash employees, all immigrants, will see the largest per-worker wage settlement ever awarded in their line of work. After years of litigation, 18 Latino car wash employees in the New York and New Jersey area will split a $1.65 million settlement for wage theft and emotional distress.”

“Each worker will receive, on average, about $91,000, and the two plaintiffs who worked the longest received almost $200,000 each.”

19. Check out the website of the developing Center for the Study of Academic Labor at CO ST U

20. Latest edition out of the Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy, with two articles focusing especially on contingent faculty.

21. State College of FL cuts job security even more, goes to one-year contracts

22. PA teacher convicted of corrupting youth by helping them demonstrate against racism

23. New student debt scheme turns students into stock options

24. Excellent paper on Bernie and Beyond that every union member should read (and other workers too) by Peter Olney, former Org. Dir of ILWU and labor educator

25. Adjuncts and general membership meetings. (from our colleague Geoff Johnson in San Diego, well worth the read)

26. Strike looms closer in PA State system of Higher Ed (not Penn State)

and why the contract’s treatment of temporary faculty matters to tenure track faculty

27. Ithaca College contingents show suppoort for fair unified (FT & PT) contract

28. A case for adjunct faculty to organize at Catholic institutions

29. Profs and students protest layoffs at U of Chicago

30. See Target’s anti-union video for new employees.

31. Adjunct faculty presentation by Jack Longmate at Juneteenth event

32. June E-note from the National Center for the Study of CB in HE (lots of good news on organizing)

33. Tenured faculty need to be more involved in hiring

34. Your college student may be taught by a part-time professor

35. Labor Research and Action Network to hold Chicago conference (with big focus on contigent faculty as bridge)

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