Tri-C Part-time Faculty Association Meeting
When: Thursday, December 4th at 9am or 4pm (attend the meeting most convenient for you)
Where: Evening/Weekend office conference room in MHCS rm 118
- Share your concerns and hear the results of our Tri-C survey: pay, healthcare, scheduling, full-time employment
- Hear the latest developments with the administration and AAUP
Questions? Contact Andrew Bonthius, History;
Keisha Davenport, Speech & Communications
When: Saturday, November 22 at 11:00 AM
Where: Akron-Summit County Library, Room 2AB
60 S. High Street, Akron, Ohio 44362
This workshop will help faculty in Ohio learn about adjunct faculty eligibility for unemployment compensation. Even if this does not apply to you now, please attend to become informed and to meet other faculty members working to improve the working conditions of adjunct faculty in the area and across the state!
This workshop is for informational purposes only, It is not intended to provide legal advice.
Sponsored By: AFT Higher Education, New Faculty Majority, Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association.
Building adjunct power! Maria Maisto, Keisha Ann Davenport, David Wilder and Andrew Bonthius staffed the CEW at Tri-C Metro campus on October 29. Ohio Campus Equity actions also took place at John Carroll University, Cleveland State University, and Ohio State University.
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: 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. Students can pay upwards of $60,00 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: As 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 that workers are free to make up their own mind under fair voting conditions without interference by college and university administrations.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:The North Shore AFL-CIO 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.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED: The North Shore Federation of Labor endorses Campus Equity Week 2014 events taking place around the nation meant to heighten awareness of and improve the conditions of all contingent faculty in higher education.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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.
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!
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 email@example.com with questions.
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 Hall Phillips’ letter