…on all workers around the world, including #adjuncts. Note too stories on adjunct organizing and the state of higher ed. The CHE article on the federal government instructing institutions of higher education to not retaliate against employees who file complaints from the emailing was omitted for being behind a pay wall.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to send news or be added to the email list
Happy May Day a little late, but never too late to remember the workers, all of us, and our movement, with even the AFL-CIO joining in this year! http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Global-Action/Join-May-Day-Celebrations-for-Workers-and-Immigrant-Rights
Read a great Mayday article in Labor Notes by our contingent faculty colleague Jane Slaughter, which both explains May Day and links it to today’s struggles, including ours specifically. A must-read.
Read reports from around the world at Labourstart.org [Which I urge you all to consider consulting. I make it my homepage]. Breaking news as it happens - only on Labour Start.
Updates and Links after Eric Lee’s May Day message
Eric Lee writes a May Day message, “As I write these words, it’s still morning in London — and already LabourStart’s front page is full of coverage of May Day 2013, the international workers’ holiday.
• In Istanbul, police have used tear gas to try to block trade unionists from gathering in the city’s central Taksim square, scene of an infamous massacre in 1977.
• In Jakarta, a massive workers’ rally with more than 135,000 participants has shut down the Indonesian capital.
• In Greece, a general strike by workers protesting against the highest unemployment levels in Europe has shut down much of the country’s transport system.
Your local newspaper or television station may be reporting all these stories — but I doubt it.
That’s why we created LabourStart 15 years ago — precisely for moments like this when we need to know what is happening in the labour movement all over the world.
Please make sure to visit LabourStart today and spread the word to your friends, family, co-workers and fellow union members.
Thank you — and happy May Day from Eric Lee.
Our mailing address is: LabourStart, Unit 168, Lee Valley Technopark, Ashley Road, Tottenham, London, England N17 3LN, United Kingdom
and one final Mayday note from our Chicago area colleague Chester Kulis:
Tonight NBR (Nightly Business Report) mentioned that “most international markets were closed today” but did not indicate a reason. Then it dawned on me: May Day. Most countries observe this day in honor of workers’ rights. As you know, it was in commemoration of the “Haymarket Riot” in Chicago for which several union activists were hung.
IS IT ASKING TOO MUCH FOR NBR TO RECOGNIZE AN INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ HOLIDAY?
If it wasn’t for workers and yes unions, most economists agree that there would be no Wall Street to report on.
UPDATES IN BRIEF AND LINKS
1. Kalamazoo Valley part-timers take action against class cuts with ULP
and more photos at http://photos.mlive.com/4472/gallery/kvcc_part-time_faculty_file_unfair_labor_practice_charge/index.html
2. Pacific Lutheran U in Washington state is the latest to try to invoke “religious exemption” to the NLRA and block union recognition of it adjuncts’ union
3. City College of SF faculty union (AFT 2121) and CA Fed of Teachers file complaint with accreditor. Beyond Chron has an excellent article http://www.beyondchron.org/news/index.php?itemid=11295
Higher ed media features less favorable and complete pieces:
Many comments on the last two articles so far are very negative and pro-union and pro-CCSF folks are urged to put in comments.
4. Mayday Manifesto report and manifesto at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kPaUl21SMpBNNWh3mqqkdkt-FX3hNLWeu5KHLYKXsWY/viewform?pli=1
and a brief report from Peter Brown:
Our May Day $5K! rally at noon on the SUNY New Paltz campus went well today, with speakers from UUP and other unions, along with representatives from various student associations. We collected hundreds of signatures on a local petition to raise adjunct salaries here to $5K and provide better working conditions for our contingents. Also today, there were hundreds more from around the country who went to the national petition site to endorse the Mayday Manifesto. Please send this link to as many members, lists and friends as possible.
This evening, our Student Senate is likely to pass the attached Resolution # 10, calling on our college administration to raise adjunct salaries to $5K per class.
Anyone with time and talents to devote to a long-term, sustained national $5K! campaign, please contact me
Peter D.G. Brown, Chapter President UUP, SUNY, Lecture Center 6a, New Paltz, NY 12561. Office: 845-257-2783 / Mobile: 917-886-1925. email@example.com
5. Another re-post for those who might have missed it, is a blog by our colleague Paul Haeder, compiling and commenting upon the some of the many pieces written since AFT’s American Educator published its attack on the late Howard Zinn and his People’s History of the United States.
and his interesting summary, in dialogue form, of his own recent past as a contingent faculty person and union staffer. http://dissidentvoice.org/2013/05/the-end-of-their-black-culture/
6. With the Coalition of Grad Employee Unions (CGEU) listserv currently out of commission, information on our important sister organization can be had at their extensive Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Coalition-of-Graduate-Employee-Unions-CGEU/152542918132929
Also, information on their upcoming, annual, conference (covering both the US and Canadian grad unions) which will be in August at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, can be had at https://www.facebook.com/events/517524654972641/ or contact them at CGEU 2013 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
7. May Day greeting and reminder from our colleague, Ana M. Fores Tamayo, about her petition for adjunct justice.
8. More on action at U of Akron from Maria Maisto, President of NFM: Coverage is coming in on our rally at the University of Akron. See our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/NewFacultyMajority. Two TV stations were there and at least three newspapers.
Thanks to Robin Sowards from Adjunct Faculty Association/USW who came all the way from Pittsburgh; our friends at Youngstown State, Tri-C, Kent State, John Carroll, Stark State, Mount Union and any other institutions I may be overlooking; the U Akron AAUP (tenured) faculty who came out to support us, and our colleagues from Communications Workers of America. A special thanks to all the STUDENTS who made signs, marched with us, and had our backs — and also to everyone who has posted messages of support on FB, Twitter, and other venues … this is just the beginning, and was a great example of what we can do when we support each other! Stay tuned…
9. Ivy Tech, the state-wide cc in Indiana (and one of the largest in the nation still non-union), is the latest to say they will cut adjunct hours
10. Another piece showing we need free higher ed and how to get it
11. Program for Change, as publicized here, by COCAL, and by NFM has been revised by the authors, Frank Cosco and Jack Longmate.
The Program for Change, a strategic plan to reform U.S. higher education based on the extant workplace provisions of Vancouver Community College, has been revised. Part-time faculty at Vancouver Community College have job security, equal pay for equal work, and equal work. Go to the Vancouver Community College Faculty Association website at http://vccfa.ca/and follow the links or directly select http://vccfa.ca/newsite/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Access-the-Program-for-Change-May-2013.pdf to view the Program for Change.
The slightly longer update does not alter the fundamental concept of job security and professional workplace provisions for those who teach off the tenure track: after a defined probationary period, a faculty member should be able to presume that his/her job will continue, as in most “normal” jobs.
The May 2013 revision of the Program for Change introduces a new Appendix B entitled “Commonly Raise Comments and Questions about the Program for Change.” It’s also available at http://vccfa.ca/ or directly at http://vccfa.ca/newsite/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Appendix-B-Commonly-Raised-Comments-and-Questions-about-the-Program-for-Change1.pdf. Appendix B captures some of the reactions and questions to the Program for Change since it was first unveiled at COCAL IX in Quebec City in 2010. A portion of that content was presented at COCAL X in Mexico City in 2012.
Please review and consider changes in your workplace. Forward comments to Jack Longmate at email@example.com and Frank Cosco at FCosco@vccfa.ca.
13. 5 Canton, Ohio area schools consider their response to ACA regarding adjunct hours
14. Two good articles: one a good summary of the political economy of higher ed in US, ending with the for-profits
and the second an excellent piece on the latest machination of the for profits.
Unfortunately, neither mentions the faculty at all, much less how organizing them might changes this situation.
15. New lawsuit challenges fair share deductions for CA teachers
16. The anthropology profession and contingent labor