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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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