COCAL Updates

by Joe Berry
joeberry@iCOCAL logo

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.

Campus Equity Week October 26-30, 2015

Campus Equity Week
October 26-30, 2015


CAMPUS EQUITY WEEK 2015 – Hi Everyone, I just finished listening to the planning meeting on the upcoming Campus Equity Week 2015 (Oct. 26-30). I will see whether I might be able to give you a recording of this meeting soon. You can access information both on facebook and here.


1. AFT 2121 response to CCSF economic proposals in bargaining.

2. The comment period to the Federal government on the ACCJC’s review of its performance as an accreditor is now open for 2 weeks. This is IMPORTANTNACIQI meeting has been announced. It will be on December 16,17, & 18.

The 3rd Party Comment period for ACCJC has begun. The comment period will end it two weeks on Friday September 25, 2015:

“Submission of written comments regarding a specific accrediting agency or state approval agency under review: Written comments about the recognition of a specific accrediting or State agency must be received by September 25, 2015, in the mailbox and include the subject line “Written Comments: (agency name).” The email must include the name(s), title, organization/affiliation, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of the person(s) making the comment. Comments should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document or in a medium compatible with Microsoft Word (not a PDF file) that is attached to an electronic mail message (email) or provided in the body of an email message. Comments about an agency’s recognition after review of a compliance report must relate to issues identified in the compliance report and the criteria for recognition cited in the Secretary’s letter that requested the report. ”
The relevant criteria for ACCJC that are under compliance review are:

· § 602.13 “Acceptance of the agency by others”

• by educators
• by practitioners, employers in the fields for which schools train their students
· § 602.17 (f) “provides institution with detailed written report”

• that clearly delineates between areas of non-compliance and areas for improvement
· § 602.18 (e) “ensuring consistency in decision-making”

• provides detailed written report that clearly identifies any deficiencies

Check out the Save CCSF Webpage.


1. Adjunct faculty; the workhorses of Washington U (St Louis, MO).

2. Columbia U (NYC) adjunct in Arts and Sciences salaries range from $4,500 to $15,000.

3. Questions for all racism-denying politicians (and some, unfortunately, in the labor movement).

4. Turns out unions are good for the next generation too, even 30 years out.

5. Another research paper showing how unpredictable work schedules are bad for humans, especially female humans.

6. New research on “alternative” work arrangements.

7. Can millennials save the unions?

8. Tompkins Cortland CC (NY) adjuncts fight for an independent union.

9. Another adjunct dies from lack of health care, among other things, at Seattle U.

10. U of DC resists bargaining over many issues with adjuncts. (An unusually good article that also has a metro focus.)

11. U of WA faculty head toward unionization, Prez “has reservations” (surprise!).

12. Al Jazeera on the recent Murphy Center, CUNY (Milkman and Luce) report on unionization and pay discrimination (Of course the recent unionization of the Al Jazeera staff itself could not have anything to do with this story being published now??)

13. Hiring spree (FTTT) at CA CCs, but no mention of any preference for existing adjuncts.

14. More fight in SEIU over presidential primary endorsement.

15. Seattle teachers strike shuts all schools.

16. Immigrant contingent deli workers fight for union and contract in NYC.

17. Labor for Bernie fights against early union endorsements.

18. Essentially an ad for adjuncting directed to professionals in FL, disguised as a news story.

19. From the adjunct faculty campaign at U of MN.

20. Hooters workers win at NLRB throwing out mandatory individual arbitration clause in their hiring agreements.

21. Fight for $15 is creating a labor movement for the 21st century.

22. U of Iowa faculty look at unionization after business man hired as new president over nearly unanimous faculty objections.

23. Nation Opinion: Was labor’s total massive support of the Wisconsin recall a mistake? and views on the perspective for the future. (reprint of older piece) from Jane McKelvy, Bill Fletcher, Doug Henwood, and others.

24. Stop Precarious Work, Day of action for decent work, Oct. 7, 2015, from Industriall (International labor union).


NOTE: As noted previously, your COCAL UPDATES editor (Joe Berry) and his spouse/partner/colleague Helena Worthen, are teaching labor studies in Viet Nam for the fall 2015 Semester.  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.



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