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Lee Kottner
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Temple adjuncts and students support the union vote despite anti-union propaganda from administration. In support of the right to organize, we're featuring a video from the Temple effort each day. Here's the first.
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"Tenure doesn't guarantee that college teachers will be courageous. But it protects those who are."
Without academic freedom or job security for professors, education suffers. Americans should expect better.
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"Not talking to workers and having a strategy that fundamentally avoided workers for several decades is what we need to change and what we can change."
Jane McAlevey on Fight for 15, labor’s crisis of strategy, and the difference between organizing and mobilizing.
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Fellow adjuncts, Union brethren: sign for solidarity with Duquesne U's adjuncts, who are being threatened with firing for organizing with the United Steelworkers and testifying before the NLRB.
Dear President Dougherty and Reverend Duaime, Many adjunct professors, especially those teaching at religious universities, have been watching the unionization efforts unfolding at Duquesne University with something like fear—or horror. We, the undersigned, represent a group of adjunct activists, tenured allies, and former academics protesting your union-busting threats against your own employees who are petitioning to be treated with the same ...
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Here on this blog, I'm probably preaching to the choir when I write that the working conditions and wages of a majority of adjunct faculty in higher education are truly shameful: they—we, for I am ...
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Perhaps students might be concerned, but I'm not entirely certain. I know the general public considers it a strange "personal" issue, because a friend told me not to put "that" into a political thread about the dwindling middle class! He said it was "your personal situation." This is a real, flesh-and-blood friend, not just online. So, it's very dispiriting.

The only answer to continue to hook up with other low wage workers in a big way to get the public to even realize that this is a genuine SOCIAL problem, and not a problem for a few odd "overeducated" people. Just very dispiriting. He's a big liberal and suggested I should have "voted with your feet" and gotten a job as a K-12 teacher in a good state that pays well.

Most people don't even understand what higher education is all about, or that we are not schoolteachers - not being arrogant, but it's not the same thing at all. 

How can the public be engaged with exploited workers who they do NOT SEE as "workers"? Keep in mind that this person used Reaganesque language and he's a major, major liberal who has contempt for Reagan normally. But not with this. 
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by 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.…
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"The student strikes and occupations have been an important indicator of the strength of the movement. The University of Chile was the first to be occupied, from 14 May.
"Students from all faculties have organised general assemblies, at which strategy for the movement can be debated. After a month on strike, the law faculty assembly at the University of Chile won an end to the subcontracting of cleaners. Forums and assemblies like these have been replicated throughout the country."
Teachers and students have united to demand the radical transformation of Chile’s education system.
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Here's one of the scariest parts of this budget, aside from the death of tenure and shared governance.

OPEN RECORDS
– All 132 members of the Legislature, their staff and those who work for legislative support agencies would be able to shield nearly all their communications and work material from the open records law. Currently available material, like bill drafts, would be kept secret. Nearly all records created by all other state and local government officials would be exempted from the records law as well.
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Anyone who is mourning Jon Stewart's retirement or who is a fan of John Oliver knows the power of satire. Its current proliferation is a powerful weapon in the activist arsenal, one employed to gre...
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Questioning the ethics of public universities hiring starjuncts while paying the bulk of their faculty poverty wages.
The fact that money is being siphoned off to pay "brand ambassadors" instead of teachers speaks volumes about the value of education in America.
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It's all about the "brand."
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A must-hear discussion from a master thinker on what corporatization is doing to the university and faculty. "Full time and tenured faculty have got to align themselves with social movements, with unions..."
Peter and Mickey spend the hour speaking with author/educator Henry Giroux. Giroux explains the concept of 'critical pedagogy,' and the pivotal role that
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"...the union will be sitting across the table from an administration that will push back, because ultimately, they own the place, and, until now, they have made the rules. If part-time faculty want their interests to be taken seriously, they need to act as a unit and maintain the visibility that they fought to get."
Thursday, part-time faculty members at the Maryland Institute College of Art will make history with the signing of a three-year employment contract with the school's administration. What was once a dispersed field of adjunct faculty — who represented 70 percent of the faculty but were essentially marginalized in the institution they helped build — will now be represented as a bargaining unit: the MICA Part Time Faculty Union/SEIU Local 500.
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Counteracting some Libertarian BS.
Phillip W. Magness really ought to know better. First of all, according to his own CV, he is currently both Academic Program Director for the (Koch Bros. funded) Institute for Humane Studies at Geo...
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"The faculty have to mobilize, along with the students, like they did in the’60s and take the university back. The university is a site of struggle. I think those people who are most affected, the faculty and students, have got to find ways to link up with social movements outside of the university to be able to educate the public, mobilize, do everything they can to say, ‘Look, sorry, the model that we have now defining the university is a model that is not healthy for democracy, and it’s not healthy for students and faculty. Faculty are more than casual labour, students are more than customers and the university is more than simply a training centre for big business.’"
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News Flash--Judy Olson reports from Orlando, where the NEA Representative Assembly is wrapping up tonight, that New Business Item (NBI) #28 was passed earlier today, allocating a $10,000 contribution to NFM's national coordination of the 2015 Campus Equity Week campaign.  The NBI also encourages the statewide locals to make individual contributions of $1,000.  NFM was endorsed as the national CEW coordinator at COCAL 2014 in NYC with the understanding that the major unions would make significant  financial and staff contributions to the campaign.  More announcements about plans for CEW 2015 will be forthcoming shortly.

NFM thanks everyone involved in drafting and gaining support for this NBI, most especially Judy and Beverly Stewart, who led the efforts of the Contingent Faculty Caucus, as well as Teresa Montana. Other leaders of the larger higher education locals deserve our thanks, too.

-via Anne Wiegard
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CALL FOR PRESENTERS Challenging Academic Precarity October 2-4, 2015 Artspace, Peterborough ON Symposium Description: Academia has long been heralded as the ivory tower to which we all should aspire and those that are admitted are thought to be well…
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An oldie but goody from 2008, but worth revisiting on the 4th of July.
Adjuncts finally can take heart, at least a little. Adjuncts know all too well their low places on college and university totem poles, where they serve on contract, without tenure and usually with few of the protections of their individual rights that are enjoyed by their colleagues. Adjunct contracts often make no mention of academic freedom, but the contracts often do remind instructors that their schools can fire them at any time, for any reas...
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From 2008, but still useful

Dismissals, Layoffs, and Tenure Denials in Colleges and Universities
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Regardless of whether adjuncts have full-time jobs outside teaching or teach full time, they should be paid like the professionals they are. We can't eat the cultural capital we provide by "giving back to society," and it's an insult to any professional to pay them poverty wages. Either make this kind of service a charitable tax deduction, or pay a living wage.
At Illinois Valley Community College, some of those who get the most from classes are the adjunct faculty members.
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Soooo, I spent my entire youth training for a career in volunteer charity work? I wonder why I wasn't informed of this at the outset?

If I had been warned, I might have had the opportunity to make different choices while there was still time.

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It’s been a busy summer already. Here’s more from COCAL.   by 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…
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