COCAL Updates

COCAL logo smallby Joe Berry

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 and Facebook page.


1. National Bay View newspaper piece on CCSF struggle (by Berry and Worthen).


1. Want to raise the quality of teaching? Begin with academic freedom.

2. Some good news for a change, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, provincial student loans have been replaced with grants.


1. Adjunct pay: a local and national issue.

2. Intense blog from a contingent teacher and writer with multiple disabilities. Worth a read.

3. Rhode Island’s cut rate professors.

4. More on the Chicago City College’s adjunct demonstration (CCCLOC, IEA/NEA).

5. Interview with Guy Standing, author of  Precariat, the New Dangerous Class.

6. Campus shooting (white cop, black victim) at U of Cincinnati shows deep town-gown divide.

7. Pics from Faculty Forward event (SEIU) in Chicago.

8. Whittier Colege (S CA)  adjuncts make gains in first contract (SEIU 721).

9. There is no such thing as free community college.

10. Fight for $15 gains momentum at U of CA.

11. Is supposed labor shortage really a way to serve tech companies labor policies? (Contingent professional workers more precarious that us.)

12. Great embarrassments of an unequal society (and one is US).

13. Did a water damaged building kill 4 professors in the aftermath of Katrina at Southern U of New Orleans?

14. MLA subconference, sessions by contingents.

15. Push at St Mary’s College (MD) to tie president’s salary to 10X that of janitors.

16. More on the DOL ruling on misclassifying workers as contractors rather than employees.

17. Black Women’s = Pay Day. [I wonder what the % would be in academia].

18. Duquesne’s (Pittsburgh, PA) NLRB filing (in religious exemption case) reads as a threat to fire adjunct union organizers.

19. NJ Gov. Christie says teachers unions are bullies who deserve a punch in the nose. [Pot meet kettle -Lee Kottner].

20. NYC carwash workers sue for $400,000 in unpaid wages.

21. Adjunct Commuter paper launches in Boston.

22. University bureaucracy as organized crime.

23. Why some college professors struggle to get home loans.

24. “No victor believes in chance” [a good blog on the academic labor market].

25. Engaging students in economic justice.

26. Grad student gaslighting (The Professor Is In).

27. “The opposite of hope is not despair.”

28. A nice collection of adjuncts in struggle photos.

29. Contingent faculty: a look at how those at the head of the class are compensated (including quotes from NFM researcher Marisa Allison).

30. Kickstarter campaign for new movie on corporatization of education, including adjunctification, by a local CC union in CA

Hi Joe,

Hope this note finds you well, and I’m sure you’re in the final stages of preparing for Viet Nam – how exciting!  Since our interview in June, we’ve completed our documentary’s 3-min promotional piece, and just released it on Kickstarter to help fund the rest of the movie – check it out:

I’m managing this crowd fund campaign as the entire team continues working on the full-length feature, and we’re thrilled with your on-camera interview.  We’ll keep you posted on progress.

We have 36 days on our fundraising campaign.  If you’re inspired and want to contribute, great!  If you want to share with like-minded colleagues, friends, and family, we’d really appreciate that, too.  All the dollars together will add up to make this documentary happen and get out into the public.

So grateful to have you involved in the film.  Let me know what you think of the promo?
Debbie Forward
Organizer & Communications Director
Palomar Faculty Federation, AFT Local 6161
talk/text: (760) 803-4973

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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