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Adjunct issues receive media attention

Two hits for adjuncts on Monday, Feb. 3: a story in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Adjuncts Gain Traction With Congressional Attention,” and another on NPR’s All Things Considered titled “Part-Time Professors Demand Higher Pay; Will Colleges Listen?

The NPR story by Claudio Sanchez featured the adjunct situation in Ohio, specifically at the University of Akron and Cuyahoga Community College. And the Chronicle story will be followed up with a Chronicle Chat on adjunct issues on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. Visit the page to participate in the chat and submit your questions.

Meanwhile, Monday’s stories, which quoted adjunct leaders from OPTFA and New Faculty Majority, prompted messages of support around the Web. Here are just a few:

  • I’m glad the issues of adjunct justice are finally reaching the wider media as they’ve so closely touched our lives and the lives of many colleagues and friends.
  • Indeed the situation is at a crisis, as you…well know. Those of us who are lucky enough to have found a solid berth must keep the issue alive.
  • What the story doesn’t report is the chasm between many administrators and rank-and-file tenured faculty: the latter often support equitable treatment of adjuncts. The Ohio provost’s reference to higher faculty pay leading to higher college costs is absurd. Anyone in higher ed knows how much money is wasted on high profile projects & new buildings & (no surprise here) administrators’ salaries which often run into a quarter of a million a year or more.
  • What a thing to listen to – and are parents hearing this, I wonder? So many who love teaching lost to the profession in a money-driven culture.
  • This is not news to those of us who have been adjuncts for years. At the New School, I can add up what the students are paying and what I’m getting paid. It makes for some amusing math. And we have a union. But that didn’t prevent the school from offering fewer classes – another way of paying us less.
  • Glad awareness is being raised.

 

Advocating for adjuncts in D.C. today

The tweets below from New Faculty Majority shared news about today’s Inside Higher BewdqJACEAANLcGEd story on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce Democratic Staff’s report, as well as the report itself, “The Just-In-Time Professor.” It was issued today and is based on 845 responses to Congressman George Miller (D-Calif.) e-Forum.

Thanks to all of you who participated in the forum by telling your adjunct story!

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NFM President testifies before House committee on ACA effects on adjuncts

Maria Maisto, president of New Faculty Majority, testified at the House Committee on Education and the Workforce hearing on “The Effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Schools, Colleges, and Universities.”

Maisto was one of four witnesses invited to testify at the Nov. 14 hearing, and the only one whose statement focused on the efforts of colleges and universities to avoid providing health benefits under the Affordable Care Act by cutting the workloads of adjunct faculty.

“Since the ACA has become law, some college and university administrations have been in the news for reducing part-time faculty work assignments or by redefining their work in order to avoid providing insurance.  Some people would have us believe that the ACA is giving the managers of colleges and universities no choice but to enact these policies.  I am here to correct that misperception,” Maisto said.

“It is not the ACA but rather these colleges’ interpretation of and response to the law that is hurting adjuncts and their students. Colleges have lots of choices, and unfortunately for their students, too many have chosen not to support or invest in faculty. The faculty members who do not have access to healthcare — or to the other professional supports that all faculty need in order to do their jobs consistently well — are being set up for failure, as are their millions of students,” she said.

After Maisto’s testimony, committee members from both parties asked probing questions about adjunct faculty working conditions and agreed that adjuncts should have healthcare benefits.

George Miller (D-Calif.), the senior Democratic member on the committee, said the hearing was the first to cover adjunct issues in any substantial way. He and committee chair John Kline (R-Minn.) agreed a committee hearing should be scheduled to focus on the adjunct situation. Miller also proposed setting up a website to collect adjunct data.

Maisto was invited to testify before the committee after committee staff members read her op-ed, “There’s Something Sneaky Going On At Colleges Across America,” published April 23, 2013, on TakePart.com.

On Wednesday, Maisto also testified at the Department of Education’s open forum on the Obama administration’s plan to address college value and affordability at George Mason University. Deputy Under Secretary Jamienne Studley moderated the forum.

View the Archived Webcast. Read the testimony.

Read coverage in the Chronicle of Higher Education: Lawmakers Told of Health-Care Law’s Harmful Effect on Adjuncts and CollegesNov. 15, 2013

Advocating for adjuncts in D.C.

Maria Maisto, president of New Faculty Majority and a member of the OPTFA Organizing Committee, will testify before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce hearing on “The Effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Schools, Colleges, and Universities” on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m.

She will also testify at the Department of Education’s open forum on the Obama plan, the college affordability initiative, today at 1 p.m. at George Mason University. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, as well as other U.S. Department of Education officials, will facilitate the forum.

Coalition of Academic Labor Conference

In addition, Maisto, along with several other members of the Organizing Committee of OPTFA, will attend the Coalition of Academic Labor Conference, sponsored by SEIU Local 500. It will be held in Washington, D.C. Nov. 15-17.Here’s how NFM and OPTFA will be involved in the conference:

  • Maisto will be part of a panel discussion on “Inside/Outside Activism: Political, Bi-partisan, Institutional and Public Advocacy for Adjuncts.”
  • Maisto, along with OPTFA Organizing Committee Co-chairs April Freely and David Wilder, will present a panel on OPTFA organizing efforts in Ohio, which is dubbed a “union-hostile state.”
  • Aaron Calafato will present a performance of “For Profit,” which will be followed by a discussion forum moderated by Maisto.

Meeting on temporary workers this Friday in Cleveland

North Shore AFL-CIOCleveland Jobs with JusticeNational Staffing Workers Alliance and New Faculty Majority invite you to a meeting on temporary and precarious workers and the growing movement to fight back.

When: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, 6-8 p.m.

Where: North Shore AFL-CIO, 3250 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115

Who: Advocates from across the country will be present to connect with local workers and organizations and discuss recent efforts to organize workers in the growing segment of our economy where there is an ever increasing distance between employers and their workers, and where workers do not know whether they will have a job next week or next month. We can’t rebuild our communities on temp jobs!

We look forward to seeing you there and making lasting connections to move this fight forward!

For more information contact Mike Munoz, National Staffing Workers Alliance, at mmunoz@chicagoworkerscollaborative.org or (323) 247-9970.

 

Higher Ed & the Affordable Care Act: Take the survey

“Part-time” contingent faculty, along with “part-time” workers across the nation, are being directly affected by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the colleges and universities for which they work.

In order to gain more insight into the impact on higher education faculty, The New Faculty Majority Foundation (NFMF and The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education (CFHE) are collecting information about how colleges and universities are responding to the Employer Mandate of the ACA as it applies to contingent faculty in “part-time” positions.

We are interested in understanding both the extent to which institutions are implementing the ACA to expand health care coverage to faculty who have previously not received health care benefits, as well as understanding the extent to which institutions are redefining the workload of “part-time” faculty to fall below the cutoff for provision of health benefits (29 hours per week).

TAKE THE SURVEY

To help us understand faculty experiences, we encourage you fill out a short survey which will take between 10-15 minutes. People who are not “part-time” faculty may respond to the survey if they have knowledge of policies related to ACA implementation on campuses. Please note that we ask you to upload any official documentation surrounding the ACA from your campus. Such documentation is extremely important to understand what is happening.

Your anonymity as an individual respondent to the survey will be preserved and only researchers with NFM and CFHE will be responsible for the analysis and security of the data. Your survey responses will be kept separate from the institutional information that you provide and the data will be stored on password protected files and on password protected computers.

If you do not have access to official documentation but know of news stories that have reported on your employer’s policies on part-time faculty and the ACA, please provide the link or upload a PDF or JPEG of the news story.

We thank you in advance for your participation in the survey. Please feel free to post and circulate the survey as widely as possible. This information is vital for educating the higher education community and the public about this urgent matter.

Initial results will be publicized during Campus Equity Week, October 28 – November 2, 2013.

Many thanks for your participation! Any questions or communications about the survey should be sent to: Gary Rhoades: grhoades@email.arizona.edu Maria Maisto: maria.maisto@nfmfoundation.org

Focus on higher ed at Campus Equity Week Summit in Columbus

Four organizations have teamed up to present a state-wide summit in Columbus — open to all and focused on higher education — as part of Campus Equity Week.CEW13-Button-Art

The Ohio Higher Education Campus Equity Week Summit will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ohio Education Association Building, 225 East Broad St. in Columbus.

The event will kick off Campus Equity Week, Oct. 28- Nov. 2, a week of education and activism that shines a spotlight on our increasingly stratified higher education system. At the core of the inequities that pervade higher education is the crisis of contingent faculty employment.

The details

What: The goal of the Ohio Higher Education Campus Equity Week Summit is to create a statewide organizing body focused on higher education issues and composed of faculty, staff, contingent and part-time labor, students, and campus communities.

Who: Full- and Part-Time Faculty, Campus Staff, and Students from all over the state are invited to attend the Summit to build a better future for Ohio Higher Education.

When: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Ohio Education Association Building, 225 East Broad Street in Columbus. Get directions to the OEA Building. Free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis at the OEA parking lot, 200 Oak St., Columbus, OH 43215. Get directions to the parking lot.‎

Cost: There is no charge for this day-long event, which includes lunch.

Sponsors: New Faculty MajorityOhio Part-Time Faculty AssociationOhio Student Association and Ohio Education Association.

RSVP: By Oct. 14 to optfa@newfacultymajority.info. Please include name, email, phone number, address and organizational affiliation (if applicable). Also indicate whether you need childcare and/or transportation help.
Childcare: Please let us know if you need on-site childcare. If you do, please provide the number and age(s) of your children in your RSVP email.
Transportation: Please let us know if you need a ride or can provide a ride for a participant. If so, please provide that information in your RSVP email.

The flier

Download the half-page flier to share with your colleagues.

The draft agenda

10-11 a.m. – Coffee and Registration

11:10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. – Present Vision

11:30 a.m.- Noon – Count off and break out groups

Noon – 12:30 p.m. – Report Back – Who was at table? What are your causes? How do they connect to the vision? Is there anything we can add to the vision?

12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Lunch (Provided)

1 – 2 p.m. – Group Discussion on Action Plan for Wednesday of Campus Equity Week

2 – 3 p.m. – Working in Campus/Regional Groups to Develop Campus Equity Week Action Plan

3 – 3:30 p.m. – Report Back

3 – 3:30 p.m. – Adjourn

Background on Campus Equity Week

Campus Equity Week was originally devised by contingent faculty activists in 2001 in order to highlight the appalling working conditions of the majority of the faculty and the impact of those working conditions on the quality of education.

A central principle of the week is that quality education depends practically and ethically on professional and just working conditions for all faculty. The crisis of contingent faculty employment at colleges and universities is at the core of the inequities that pervade  higher education.

Professor Staff takes to the WCPN airwaves

If you missed today’s WCPN Ideastream show, “Professor Staff Dominates Today’s Colleges,” professor staff wcpnyou can add your comments about adjunct working conditions and more at this link.

Guests were:

Maria Maisto, president, New Faculty Majority 
Evan Chaloupka, adjunct professor, Lakeland Community College
April Freely, adjunct professor, University of Akron
Susan Albertine, vice president, Office of Diversity, Equity,and Student Success, American Association of Colleges and Universities

Adjunct issues trend on Twitter, are voiced on MPR

Trending on Twitter this week is Maria Maisto, President of New Faculty Majority and her Trending on Twittertweet  on the Walmart strike.

Maisto also shares her thoughts on the new faculty majority — aka adjuncts — in this story on Minnesota Public Radio. In it, she talks about how adjunct working conditions are student learning conditions.

More recent media coverage of adjuncts

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Media coverage of UA Rally for Equity includes Chronicle

rally newsAs we reported yesterday, OPTFA’s May Day Rally for Equity at the University of Akron was a huge success, with about 100 adjuncts, full-time faculty, staff, students and community members coming out during a three-hour period to support a living wage & health care for adjuncts at UA.

Below are links to news media coverage of the event, including today’s story in the Chronicle of Higher Education. We also include a link to UA’s story posted on its website:abj