COCAL Updates

COCAL logo smallby Joe Berry
joeberry@igc.org

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, 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.


INTERNATIONAL

1. Grocery workers win more stable and predictable scheduling in Toronto with UNIFOR union.


UPDATES AND LINKS

1. More on protest of AFT’s Clinton endorsement by AFT members and more on this and related topics from Labor Notes

On Jul 18, 2015, at 8:52 AM, Jeff wrote:

Here are the justifications posted for the endorsement of Hillary. It seems to me that it was made based on a roundabout combination of responses to various questions, rather than a direct vote of the membership.

There is also a comparison chart of candidates from the NYSUT (the New York State affiliate):

The other materials indicate that Hillary had a huge margin over Sanders and the other two Democratic candidates barely showed up. However, since they have not really started campaigning, that is not surprising.

2. Some pieces on the youth today (our students)

3. Job opening for labor educator, FTNTT, Rutgers U.

LEARN Director (Labor Education and Research Now)
School of Management and Labor Relations
Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, is seeking an instructor, assistant professor of professional practice, associate professor of professional practice, or professor of professional practice.  This is a non-tenure track faculty position in charge of coordinating, expanding, and reanimating our labor extension programs in New Jersey and regionally under the direction of the EPE Director of Labor and Community Education.  The successful candidate will have experience designing, developing and recruiting for labor education programs, especially programs targeted at a leadership level.  We are interested in someone who can work with faculty and labor leaders to develop a mix of leadership programs and who can reshape and recruit for our Union Leadership Academy, certificate programs and other New Jersey-based offerings.  This position is also expected to contribute to work of our new Center for the Innovation in Worker Organization.

Candidates must have extensive experience in the labor movement and in labor education and should possess at least some college along with equivalent experience equal to a master’s degree in a related field, although a terminal degree is preferred.   A record of scholarly publication or applied research is not required.  Interested candidates should send a letter of application detailing qualifications, a vita, and contact information for three references.  Applications should be submitted by August 6, 2015 to Professor Marilyn Sneiderman, Director of Labor and Community Education at the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University, 50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (Msneiderman@work.rutgers.edu), however the position will remain open until filled.
Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

Rutgers University is an AA/EEO/ADA Employer.

Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.Marilyn Sneiderman, Professor
Director of Labor and Community Education at the School of Management and Labor Relations
Director, Center for Innovation in Worker Organization
Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations
(202)330-1373
Msneiderman@work.rutgers.edu

4. New initiative in CA would gut retirement benefits for millions of present public workers.

5. From Jim Hightower, For Profit colleges getting rich off tax money and student debt.

6. Charter schools’ worst nightmare: a pro-union movement may change charters forever.

7. Barnard College agrees to drop NLRB challenges to adjunct unionization drive there (UAW).

8. National Center for the Study of CB in HE and the Prof. E-Note for July (lots of good stuff).

9. Corinthian Colleges (recently bankrupt) donated $27,000 to boost Rubio in GOP primary campaign.

10. Another report from WI, but this tenured professor’s blog never even mentions the fact that she is part of a privileged minority among the faculty.

11. AAUP Academe Blog has an excellent post by a U of CA prof on why faculty (and by extension assumedly the AAUP itself) should change our line on how we defend tenure, job security for faculty generally, and how it should not be seen as a special needed privilege but rather the right of all workers. That is where we should look for our allies, not administrators. Some of us have been trying to push this line for years. The contingent faculty movement should be out front in defending this perspective, I think. (ed. JB).

12. SF BAy area adjunct event upcoming

Here is a great way to get to know your colleagues across the Bay Area!

Adjunct Action ART IN ACTION

July 21- August 4

Attend the summer workshop series for contingent faculty! We are going to tell their stories visually and on our own terms. Several of us active in forming our unions thought it would a great idea to get together for something other than a meeting! Through story-telling, writing, puppet making and digital arts we will complicate our collective experiences and highlight the creative ways we are organizing against our current labor conditions in higher education. Elements of what we create will be a part of a social media campaign to launch the new school year.

Attend the summer workshop series for contingent faculty! We are going to tell their stories visually and on our own terms. Several of us active in forming our unions thought it would a great idea to get together for something other than a meeting! Through story-telling, writing, puppet making and digital arts we will complicate our collective experiences and highlight the creative ways we are organizing against our current labor conditions in higher education. Elements of what we create will be a part of a social media campaign to launch the new school year.

We put together this series in collaboration with the Center for Digital Storytelling because it’s time to change the narrative of the disempowered adjunct professor. Adjunct faculty are taking the reins of an intersectional 21st century labor movement and ensuring a different future for themselves and their students.

The story telling workshop will be the jumping off point for all the others. Attend this one and then choose the others you’d like to attend. Come to the first one, come to them all!

Workshops are free. Food and materials provided. All workshops will be held at SEIU 1021, 447 29th St., Oakland. Please click here to RSVP!

Workshop 1 Tuesday July 21st 6-9pm
Storytelling facilitated by Andrea Spaget from the Center for Digital Storytelling

Workshop 2 Wednesday July 22nd, 6-9pm
Puppet Making 1 Facilitated by Lauren Elder

Workshop 3 Tuesday July 28th 6-9pm
Puppet Making 2 Facilitated by Lauren Elder

Workshop 4 Wednesday July 29th 6-9pm
Digital Media 1 Facilitated by Jessica Beard and Jessica Lawless

Workshop 5 Tuesday August 4th 6-9pm
Digital Media 2 Facilitated by Jessica Beard and Jessica Lawless

Again, please RSVP for any and all workshops you plan to attend here.

For questions, contact Jessica Beard at jessicajbeard@gmail.com or Jessica Lawless at Jessica.lawless@seiu1021.org or 510.499.7467.

See you there!

13. Boots Riley (hip-hopper, poet, screenwriter, and leader of Occupy Oakland) says if you want higher wage, be prepared to strike for it.

14. Higher ed organizer job, SEIU, based in VT/Upstate NY.

15. You-tube video of Open University of the Left (Chicago) talk by Earl Silbar on “The Precariat = Precarious +Proletariat.” Silbar was a leader and a founder of the contingent adult educators’ union in Chicago City Colleges (AFSCME) for many years and was at the conference that founded Chicago COCAL in 2001. He is one of the interviewees featured, under his own name, in Reclaiming the Ivory Tower.

16. “Time is Political” [A very good article on work time and scheduling by labor educator Stephanie Luce at CUNY. Much relevant to contingent faculty, with our contingent schedules.]

17. Point Park U (Pittsburgh, PA) drops NLRB objections to FT faculty unionization by TNG/CWA. Altered Yeshiva ruling criteria seems to be holding. (This does not directly impact the effort by USW to organize the adjuncts at Point Park.)

18. Kishwaukee College (IL) adjuncts unionize (over 100) with IFT/AFT. FTers there were already in an IFT/AFT local.

19. Updated website, with some great sticker designs, at Adjunct Underground (in LA), who also do a regular adjunct oriented radio show available on webcast as well as broadcast in LA.


NOTE: As noted previously, your COCAL UPDATES editor (Joe Berry) and his spouse/partner/colleague Helena Worthen, are going to teach labor studies in Viet Nam for the fall 2015 Semester. We would like to take some gifts related to the union/workers movement in the US to give to folks there. We are leaving from CA August 14. If any of you would like to have us take union or other movement hats, T-shirts or similar union gifts to VN from your organization as a gesture of solidarity for their labor movement and as a gesture of support for us, please send them to us at 21 San Mateo Road, Berkeley, CA 94707 so that we receive it by August 13, 2015. Unions in Viet Nam are grappling with how to deal with the influx of foreign (capitalist) direct investment there and the need to build local unions that can effectively fight for workers in this new context. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

 

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