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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.

Plain Dealer readers call out higher ed on adjunct treatment

Cleveland area readers don’t like how universities and colleges are treating part-time faculty — or how that treatment affects students — and they have put their opinions in writing.

Plain Dealer readers responded to the newspaper’s May 26 story on the inequitable workingScreen Shot 2013-06-07 at 12.46.51 AM conditions of part-time faculty — and how adjuncts are fighting back — by writing letters to the editor.

The newspaper published the letters Sunday, June 2, under the headline, “While adjuncts do the work, administrators multiply.” The letters took up a full page of the opinion section — and all were sympathetic to the plight of adjuncts.

The May 26 Plain Dealer story, written by Harlan Spector, is one of many written or broadcast about the effects of the Affordable Care Act on the working conditions of adjunct faculty and the learning conditions of students.

Many colleges and universities are placing limits on the number of credit hours adjuncts can teach to avoid providing adjuncts with health care benefits. Others are underestimating the number of hours adjuncts put in outside of the classroom.

Both approaches, cutting adjunct hours and inventing a false ratio to institutionalize the status quo, are wrong and show that colleges do not consider students, faculty or the quality of education a priority.

Has our educational system become corporate? Has it forgotten its mission to educate and to set examples for fair and equal practice? – Gloria Lucshesi, Cleveland Heights


Turnout and media coverage make May Day rally at UA a success


Full-time faculty members at UA came out to support their part-time colleagues. Included among them were Patricia Millhoff at far right.

Today’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 to support a living wage & health care for the 70 percent of the faculty who teach 75 percent of general studies courses at UA.

Part-time faculty from UA attended the event, but they were also supported by adjuncts from area institutions such as Youngstown State University, Tri-C, John Carroll, and Lakeland Community College.

Students wonder what they can do

But that’s not all. The sunny skies and balmy temperatures brought hundreds of students outdoors. They milled about the Student Union plaza, stopping to watch, ask questions, collect information and share their thoughts about how their part-time faculty are treated at UA. Many had some familiarity with the inequitable treatment that adjuncts face. And some asked, “What can I do?”

The answer: Contact your university president and other administrators and tell them you want your faculty to be paid20130501_134335 a living wage and provided with health benefits. Contact UA President Dr. Luis Proenza, at proenza@uakron.edu or at 330-972-7074. Contact the UA Board of Trustees at 330-972-7873 or at BoardOffice@uakron.edu. You can also contact Bill Viau, Associate Vice President for Talent Development & Human Resources, at viau@uakron.edu

Media coverage

Today, the Buchtelite ran a story about UA’s $26 million deficit, the plight of part-time faculty and the May Day rally.

The Buchtelite storyCleveland Plain Dealer, Akron Beacon Journal, The Repository / CantonRep.com, and 19 Action News were there to cover the event, so look for their news stories later today or tomorrow.

The Beacon’s story, “UA’s part-time faculty complain about cut in workload,” was already online this afternoon.

More photos

You can also find more photos of today’s rally on the OPTFA Facebook page.

May 2, 2013 Update: Get links to media coverage here.

May Day rallies & The Student Spring

May 1 will mark International Workers’ Day, or May Day, a day of labor action to commemorate the Haymarket affair, which involved the 1886 massacre of on-strike Chicago factory workers.

Since then, thanks to workers, May Day has become an official holiday all over the world. It has also become a movement in which student action has been instrumental.

First we have news about May Day events this year. Following are links to stories about student protests, which we are dubbing The Student Spring in the hope that more will bloom.

May Day Protests: Before and After

May 1 Rally for Equity at University of Akron

In Akron, Ohio, the Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association has scheduled a May 1 Rally for rally flyerEquity, 11 am – 2 pm on the plaza between the Student Union and Buchtel Hall on the University of Akron’s main campus. Map. All faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend to show solidarity with UA’s part-time faculty whose lives are seriously impacted by a recent administrative decision that cuts their course loads to eight credit hours per semester. This decision was made so that UA could avoid providing health care benefits required under the Affordable Care Act. To help us gauge participation, we ask that you complete a confidential participation form.

Read more, including the April 29 Page one story in the Akron Beacon Journal, “Part-time faculty at UA to rally over classroom cuts and its April 28 column by Michael Douglas, editorial page editor, “Failing marks in higher education.”

SUNY New Paltz UUP and Student-Labor Coalition rally together

SUNY New Paltz UUP and Student-Labor Coalition will be launching “May Day $5K” with May-Day-white-background2-231x300rallies at New Paltz and elsewhere as well as collecting signatures for a national campaign to raise the salary and improve the working conditions for the majority of teachers in higher education throughout the country. The campaign, initiated by NFM Board (and founding) Member Peter D.G. Brown, is aimed at the roughly one million part-time adjuncts and full-time lecturers, who comprise the so-called “contingent” academic labor force not on the tenure track. For more information, contact: Peter D.G. Brown, 845-257-2783, peterdg.brown@gmail.com.

Media coverage: Higher pay for adjuncts is goal of SUNY New Paltz protest

New York University May Day

A preview of New York University May Day activities

Cornell University May Day events on Facebook

May Day Events in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, N. Mexico

May Day Events held by SEIU (Service Employees International Union)

Workshop on Fighting Austerity: What is Austerity and how do we fight back? A Solidarity Against Austerity May Day Mobilization Lead-Up Event


This event includes a march at 6 p.m. and a workshop from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, in Ottawa, Canada at the University of Ottawa and other locations. Speakers and panelists include: Geoff Bickerton, Yafa Jarrar, Jen Moore, Ben Powless, Donald Swartz. Read more.

Adjuncts File State Complaint Over Limits on Hours

On Monday, the adjunct union at Kalamazoo Valley Community College challenged a policy setting limits on adjunct hours due to the Affordable Care Act. The union filed a grievance with Michigan officials. Read more at Inside Higher Ed and at MLive. On Tuesday, adjuncts were expected to protest at the college.

Adjunct professors protest limit on work related to health care law

New Hampshire adjunct professors protested course load limits in response to the Affordable Care Act. Read more.

Capilano University instructors & students protest program cuts

Students and faculty at Capilano University’s studio art program used the April 27 graduation to protest the university’s decision to cut the program. Read more.

Anonymous Global Day of Resistance

Anonymous calls People in the World for Global Day Of Resistance 1st May 2013 and issued a Press Release.


Occupy Wall Street Mayday 2013

Groups from around New York City are coming together this May Day to stand up for worker rights and immigrant rights, and fight back against the 1 percent. Join labor unions, the May 1st Coalition, immigrant rights groups, Occupy Wall Street and student groups as they come together and say Another World Is Possible! Find out more.

Click below for more information on May Day events in the following cities, courtesy of MSN.com:

New York City
Los Angeles
San Francisco

The Student Spring: Protests Bloom

Peaceful protest decries closing of UA Office of Multicultural Development. April 23, 2013. University of Akron students protest UA’s decision to eliminate the Office of Multicultural Development next fall.

OU students disrupt Trustees meeting. April 19, 2013. Raw video of Ohio University students protesting a tuition hike.

NC Student Power Union plans May-Day march. April 25, 2013. The North Carolina Student Power Union, a group founded by college students across the state, will lead a protest on May 1st criticizing Pat McCrory’s proposed budget, which recommends over $140 million in cuts to the UNC System, among other measures.

Gruesome Demonstration Protests UC Regents’ “Silencing” of Students. April 25, 2013. Students occupied an area in the Arbor, protesting the University’s ongoing disconnect with UC students.

Students protest at Culinary Institute. April 23, 2013. About 90 students at the Culinary Institute of America walked out of classes Tuesday to protest what they called a weakening enforcement of educational standards.

Proposed U. parking garage spurring student protest. April 24, 2013. A proposed $6 million parking garage could mean major parking help at the University of Utah. But some students say the garage would ruin another multimillion dollar university facility that’s less than five years old.

Protesters push past staff, students into Dimensions show. April 22, 2013. Students at Dartmouth College protest recent incidents of homophobia, sexual assault and racism on campus.

CPS protests: Students reject tests, charter school backers want equal funding. April 24, 2013. Chicago Public School students protest standardized testing.