Archive for December 26, 2013

Canceled: Cocktails & Convos on Jan. 6 in Independence

Update: This event has been canceled due to record-breaking cold temperatures.

Join your colleagues for a drink, appetizers, and conversation before we kick off the spring term. We will meet for Cocktails and Conversation on Monday, Jan. 6, from 7-10 p.m.party cartoon at Shula’s 2 in The Double Tree in Independence.

The Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association will provide the appetizers. And we’ll all provide the conversation, as we trade stories about our teaching experiences as adjuncts.

Shula’s 2 Steak & Sports is located in the Double Tree by Hilton, 6200 Quarry Ln., Cleveland, OH 44131, off Rockside Road, just East of I-77. Phone: 216-901-7852.

RSVP: Let us know you are coming, so we can be prepared! RSVP to optfa@newfacultymajority.info. Please include your name and the number in your party.

Invite your colleagues: Visit the OPTFA Facebook page to invite your friends to this  event via Facebook.

Email us to join today’s Filing Party online, by phone

Send us an email at optfa@newfacultymajority.info if you would like to join the OPTFA Pre-Holiday Unemployment Compensation Filing Party, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Dec. 18, either online or by phone. Once we get your email, we will log into the meeting where we can walk you through the unemployment compensation filing process online and answer any questions you may have.

It’s the holiday season: File for unemployment

Get in the holiday spirit and and join your colleagues in filing for unemployment compensation at the OPTFA Pre-Holiday Unemployment Compensation Filing Party, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

We’ll serve cookies, beverages and pizza as we walk you through the unemployment steve street unemployment compensation initiativecompensation filing process online and answer any questions you may have.

Who can file

You can file for unemployment benefits once fall term is over if you are unemployed and you do not have reasonable assurance of continued employment for next term. It is important to file as soon as the term is over so that you can qualify for the maximum number of benefit weeks between terms. Plus, if the class or classes you have been assigned to teach for spring are cancelled due to lack of enrollment, you will then be in a position to receive unemployment benefits retroactively.

Filing Party locations

In person

We will meet at the office of New Faculty Majority and the OPTFA in Copley Commons, 2830 Copley Rd., Suite 26, Copley, Ohio 44321.

By phone or online

1. Please join my meeting.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/296615981

2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.

Dial +1 (267) 507-0017
Access Code: 296-615-981
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting ID: 296-615-981

RSVP: to optfa@newfacultymajority.info

OPTFA to meet with USW on Dec. 11

The Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association will meet with representatives from the United Steelworkers at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 11, to discuss USW’s adjunct faculty organizing efforts in Pennsylvania, as well as the situation of adjuncts in Ohio.

The meeting is open to all interested adjunct faculty. It will be held at the OPTFA office, Copley Commons, 2830 Copley Rd., Suite 26, Copley, Ohio 44321. For more information, email optfa@newfacultymajority.info.

The Adjunct Faculty Association, a USW affiliate, has organized adjuncts at Duquesne University and has advocated for their improved working conditions.

Examples of USW activism include:

Although Ohio law stipulates that colleges and universities are not required to bargain collectively with adjunct faculty, the law does not prevent adjunct faculty from organizing or joining a union.

Watch NFM president advocate for adjuncts on MSNBC

Maria Maisto, president of New Faculty Majority, appeared live on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show onmhp show MSNBC last Saturday, Nov. 30. She was part of a panel discussion on how universities and colleges treat adjunct professors.

Read the story, “Off the Tenure Track, Part-time Professors Face Low Pay, Negligible Job Security,” and watch the two video components, including the eight-minute video of the panel discussion that included Maria and three other advocates for adjunct faculty.

Note that the video does not include the final minutes of the panel in which Maisto answered Harris-Perry’s question about what parents, students and tenured faculty can do to promote equity for adjuncts.