…@anoleus explains, adding:
the Nassau CC Trustees will meet and cast their votes for two motions. One is to approve a contract for full- time faculty that appears to have tenure elimination by attrition written between the lines. The other motion is to break the AFA union by firing strikers and stripping the seniority of those not fired.
This post discusses how tenure is being phased out with the new contract for full-timers. I will be in class most of and past meetings have lasted until . so I will briefly post the night’s outcomes around .
Calls for union membership to mob the meeting have been put out
repeatedly. I hope they show.
“Significant progress has been made by United University Professions (UUP) and other unions, disciplinary societies, the media and lately the U.S. Congressional staff to draw attention to the plight of contingent academic labor. What is needed now is a visible project to activate the nearly one million contingent teachers themselves.
Individuals and organizational leaders around the country are coming together to form a National Mobilization for Equity, whose initial effort will be to organize rallies and other public events, beginning on May Day (May 1, 2014).”
Read the rest at About National Mobilization for Equity: Background (above photo from SUNY New Paltz UUP’s 2013 MayDay $5K Rally)
…just tell @EdWorkforce & @askGeorge, Miller, D-California
…weekly round-up for #adjuncts, so maybe we’ll make it a regular Adjunctiverse feature…or at least try to remember to send it on. Your own subscription is the only way to be sure.
Win, win, win: new feature Friends of Pan Kisses Kafka (FoPKK), kicking off with a great, don’t miss read. *and* a Call for Submissions —and if you have a story to tell about your experience in academia, I will pay you for yours. Email me or leave a 100-word pitch in the comments.
By far the best thing that came out of “Thesis Hatement” was the outpouring of mail I got from folks all over the world sharing their experiences. Sometimes, these messages thanked me (what? no, thank YOU for reading!!!) for my willingness to put my name on an experience that so many of us share, but that very few have little enough to lose so that they can speak about it freely (I spoke exactly as freely about it today in the Chronicle of Higher Ed—this piece is available to subscribers only, which has protected me from the usual torrent of vitriol).
ANYWAY. One of the best messages I got—really have ever gotten—was from Dr. Rachel Burgess, an English PhD and an essayist who pays close attention to all the variations of Belizean and Caribbean creative nonfiction. William Pannapacker tells us, wisely and rightly, to listen to…
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The intersection between precariat protests by low-wage workers and close analysis of the National Labor Relations Act is an important lesson that adjunct academic labor should not ignore. There is a place and a clear purpose for us in this approach. Now to add this blog to the overflowing feed reader and look for more articles by Jack Metzgar to read and, of course, share.
Last month a few hundred retail and fast-food workers, from places like Sears, Dunkin’ Donuts, and McDonald’s, walked off their jobs for a rally in downtown Chicago. Carrying signs saying “Fight for 15” (or “Lucha Por 15”) and “We Are Worth More,” these workers make $9 or $10 an hour, at best, and they figure they’re worth at least $15.
A one-shift walk-out and protest by a few hundred out of the thousands of such workers in the Chicago Loop and along Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile cannot have the economic impact of a traditional strike – one that shuts down an entire workplace or industry for an extended period of time and, therefore, can bend an employer’s will. And these workers’ chances of getting $15 an hour any time soon are worse than slim. This “job action,” bolstered by community supporters organized by Action Now and with help from Service…
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…#MayDay4adjuncts notes from the sidebar of Cringing Liberal Elite, New Faculty Majority Board member Alan Trevithick’s blog. Add this blog to your reading list ~ email updates, RSS, or syndicated on the New Faculty Majority’s Facebook page
Think local. ByLaws set tone for and ultimately shape chapter or local governance. Do the guideline guide, define accountability, outline protections and responsibilities to all members ~ or codify a hierarchical stranglehold? Bad by-laws are all too often seen in the company of bad contracts. Joining up? Ask for and read by-laws and contracts
Phil Lillies is an internal auditor with a deep interest in workplace democracy. Based in Canada, he has spent ten years applying his training in philosophy and organizational development to the study of internal workings of labour and community organizations. In this article he focuses on bylaws — the rules and regulations that do so much to reflect and condition union culture at local level. He offers some reflections on how to write bylaws that will help create a democratic, inclusive organization… one that will inspire and empower its members to support good causes during times of quiet as well as times of struggle. This will prepare the union to better face the future, no matter what it may bring.
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