North Shore AFL-CIO Federation of Labor Endorses Adjunct Organizing

A delegate meeting of the North Shore AFL-CIO Federation of Labor passed a resolution on October 8th supporting adjunct faculty organizing efforts and Campus Equity Week 2014. The text of the resolution:

Whereas: there are at least 5,000 non-union and non-tenure track faculty currently working at Cleveland-area colleges and universities.

Whereas: there are currently over 100,000 students enrolled in colleges and universities in the Cleveland area, who increasingly depend on the instruction and guidance of these adjunct professors.

Whereas: students can pay upwards of $60,000 in tuition and living expenses every year to attend a college or university in the Cleveland area.

Whereas: adjunct professors should be adequately supported by their institutions for their growing presence and role in the academic pursuits of students in the Cleveland area, yet adjunct professors have little job security and must take on heavy course loads in order to make ends meet.

Whereas: many Cleveland-area colleges and universities do not provide health care benefits to their adjunct professors.  Adjunct professors in the Cleveland area should be paid fair wages and benefits that allow them to support themselves and their families.

Therefore be it resolved: the North Shore Federation of Labor expresses support for fair wages and benefits for Cleveland’s adjunct professors, the right of Cleveland’s adjunct professors to form a union, and the adoption of free and fair union election principles, which establish the commitment that workers are free to make up their own mind under fair voting conditions without interference by college and university administrations.  The North Shore Federation of Labor encourages Cleveland-area adjunct faculty to organize and form unions to gain a voice on campus to improve their own working conditions and their students’ learning conditions. The North Shore Federation of Labor endorses Campus Equity Week 2014 for adjunct faculty to publicize and gain support for improving their employment conditions.

Planning meeting for CEW, Nov 1 rally Cleveland

For part-time faculty in the Cleveland area:
We will be having a planning meeting for a rally calling for adjunct equity Nov 1 in Cleveland Public Square.
Where: Maple Heights Public Library, 5225 Library Ln
Cleveland, OH   When: Friday October 3, 2:00pm-4:30
Hope to see everyone there so we can discuss how to get the biggest turnout on Nov 1 to declare that NOW is the time to address adjunct working conditions.

Join adjunct activist Joe Berry in Cleveland tomorrow

Dear Colleagues,

Joe Berry, labor historian, renowned adjunct faculty activist and author of Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education, will be in Cleveland TOMORROW, Saturday, Sept. 6, for a meeting with the OPTFA Organizing Committee to discuss adjunct organizing here in Ohio, particularly the effort to launch a metro-wide organizing strategy in Northeast Ohio.

Joe Berry

Joe Berry

Given recent organizing activity on many campuses across our region, we would like to open this meeting to any interested contingent faculty members in the area.  With momentum building here and across the country, NOW is the time to join with colleagues committed to improving higher education by transforming the working conditions of contingent faculty.

The agenda will be:

  • To explain the metro organizing strategy and to learn how to make it work most effectively, including by building coalitions that include multiple colleges and organizations
  • To plan a metro organizing meeting to take place a month from now
  • To report on plans for a Cleveland-focused Campus Equity Week action in late October

Please send us an email at info@newfacultymajority.info if you are interested in coming to the meeting on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm.  If you can only come for part of the time, that’s fine! We have a location near Hopkins Airport but may have to change it to accommodate larger numbers of people, so please RSVP asap so we can finalize the number of attendees and location.

Again, please let us know asap if you are available to meet with Joe TOMORROW, Saturday, from 1-4 pm by sending an email to info@newfacultymajority.info. with your name, email and phone number(s). Please indicate if we can text you.

David Wilder (Tri-C, John Carroll U) and April Freely (U Akron, Lakeland CC)
Co-Chairs, OPTFA Organizing Committee

Maria Maisto  (Tri-C), Member, OPTFA Organizing Committee; President/Executive Director, New Faculty Majority Foundation

For Profit at John Carroll U Sept. 18

For Profit with Aaron Calafato will be held at John Carroll University, Thursday, Sept. 18, 7:00 p.m. in the Lombardo Student Center’s Marinello Little Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. Invite your friends and RSVP via Facebook.

The one-man play takes on the 1 trillion dollar student debt crisis and is a vibrant portrayal of the exploitation of the American student. It’s been staged and screened over 100 times in 20 states in the past two years. 

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Possible Lakeland Community College Strike

In the event of a strike by the full time faculty of Lakeland Community College, the Ohio Part Time Faculty Association urges part time faculty in the area who may be called upon to teach as replacements to refrain from doing so and honor the full time faculty strike. Adjuncts can be instrumental in achieving a victory. Our legitimate needs and concerns as part time adjuncts will be significantly undercut if the Lakeland administration can, by dividing us, defeat the full time faculty. All faculty will gain strength through solidarity!

First meeting of Columbus OPTFA June 29

The first meeting of the Columbus chapter of the Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association will be held Sunday June 29 at 1:00 pm at Panera Bread 875 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43214. Open to all adjunct faculty members in the Columbus area. We look forward to meeting you! Contact optfa@newfacultymajority.info with questions.

Apply for unemployment compensation

If you are without a class during summer term, apply for unemployment compensation online at the ODJFS website.

Help with your unemployment compensation claim

Excerpt from Sarah Phillips' letter

Excerpt from Sarah Hall Phillips’ letter

OPTFA Social June 14 at 4:00 pm

1170 summit ave Lakewood OH. Come meet fellow adjuncts. RSVP to optfa@newfacultymajority.infopicnic

Take the Adjunct Action unemployment survey

https://actionnetwork.org/forms/unemployment-compensation-survey?source=direct_link

 

Rally May 13th 11:00 am at Ohio Statehouse, Columbus

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