OAH 2020 – Contingent Faculty Workshop, Reduced Registration Fee, and Travel Grants

by Eric Fure-Slocum  on November 6th,2019
Contingent faculty are encouraged to attend a workshop – “Non-Tenure Track Faculty on Teaching” – on April 2, 2020, 6-9pm, at the Organization of American Historians (OAH) conference in Washington, D.C. This workshop, sponsored by the OAH’s Committee on Part-Time, Adjunct and Contingent Faculty employment (CPACE), includes a keynote address by Herb Childress, author of The Adjunct Underclass (2019). Contingent faculty are eligible to apply for travel grants of $500 to attend the OAH conference (April 2-5, 2020). Travel grant applications are due December 2, 2019. A limited number of registration discounts ($10) also are available for the conference. Graduate students are eligible as well for travel grants. Registration for the OAH opens November 4, 2019.   Read more →

A Dirty Deal: Social Dirt and the Adjunct Predicament

by Claire Raymond  on June 11th,2018
Although I’ve taught at the same university continuously since 2007, I’m still considered “temporary” faculty: a kind of intellectual migrant, shifting every year to a different office left open by whichever tenure-track faculty member is on leave that year. Read more →

Supporting UK University Lecturers on Strike

by Eric Fure-Slocum  on March 12th,2018
Steven Parfitt, who spoke at LAWCHA’s Seattle conference, asks LAWCHA members to support the ongoing lecturers’ strike in the UK by contributing to the University and College Union’s “fighting fund.” As Steven notes, “I know that at my branch, and many other branches, this fund is being used particularly to help contingent faculty who want to strike but can’t afford to do so otherwise.” Read more →

Lecturers on Strike

by Eric Fure-Slocum  on February 26th,2018
University lecturers in the UK will walk off tomorrow in the largest-ever strike called in British higher education. Read more →

Building Job Security into Community College Faculty Work:  Experiences in British Columbia

by Frank Cosco  on November 6th,2017
In the Canadian province of British Columbia, aspects of how unionized faculty in community colleges have attempted to deal with faculty contingency since the late 1980s may provide lines of sight and discussion that are not yet part of the American experience. Read more →

Dave Jamieson, “The Ivy League Has An Unexpected Friend In Donald Trump”

by Ryan Poe  on October 31st,2017
Their graduate students are trying to unionize. The president may have already stopped them. Read more →

Contingency and The Runaway Academic Apprentice: How Craft Union History Can Inform Attempts to Reverse the Decline of Faculty Tenure

by Dan Jacoby  on October 30th,2017
The rise of contingent or precarious contracts within academic markets is the latest manifestation of the regulatory failures that bedevil delicately balanced apprenticeship institutions. Read more →

One Big Orange Union: Faculty-Staff Organizing in a Right to Work State

by Bob Hutton  on October 19th,2017
Unions exist in Tennessee, but they are hindered by the hostility of not just management but also by state government. Read more →

The Politics of Teaching

by Claire Goldstene  on October 10th,2017
Always, on the first day of class when I taught the introductory United States history survey, whether as a graduate student or later as visiting faculty at different universities, I asked the students why they thought they were required to take the course. Was this just the capricious whim of some remote dean determined to complicate their lives? Or was there, perhaps, a defensible reason behind it? Read more →

The ‘Golden Age’ is Over: Time to Fight for the Future

by Joe Berry  on October 2nd,2017
I am very glad to have been asked to contribute to this blog. The world of contingency, especially in the history and labor studies disciplines, has been my own personal world since 1980, with a very few breaks. I have been privileged to participate, almost continuously, in the labor movement and the part of the faculty labor movement that represented contingent faculty for better, or worse in some cases. In spite of being a historian by training and interested in labor history and teacher union history, I never really put my position as a contingent faculty into the “historical river of labor history” until I was asked in 1999 by a much younger colleague to contribute a general history chapter to a proposed book on graduate student and contingent organizing. Read more →

Online Registration Open for Higher Education Labor-Management Conference

by Ryan Poe  on September 18th,2017
The National Center is pleased to announce that online registration has begun for a higher education labor-management conference on December 1-2, 2017 at California State University, Long Beach. The conference will include labor-management panels on timely subjects relating to universities, colleges, and community colleges. Read more →

Terminated contingent faculty member at Barnard: updates and call

by Eric Fure-Slocum  on July 29th,2017
Members of the contingent faculty committee wrote recently to the president of Barnard College, both applauding the successful contract with the newly organized UAW Local 2110 (representing contingent faculty) and calling for the rehiring of contingent faculty activist Georgette Fleischer. Read more →

Organizing the Academy: Strategies and Structures

by William Herbert  on July 20th,2017
Legal history and labor law concepts are essential tools for analyzing structures of unionization and collective bargaining, and in developing effective strategies. Reductionism concerning labor law can lead to flawed analysis. This powerpoint presentation briefly reviews the history and concepts, and provides fresh data regarding new faculty and student employee unionization, and strikes (Powerpoint, 17-28). Read more →

Podcast with Jen Klein: Fighting for graduate student unions at Yale

by Jennifer Klein  on May 29th,2017
A group of Yale graduate students are protesting their labor conditions as teachers. They are demanding the administration recognize them as a union and negotiate their contract as full employees of the university. After all, graduate students teach many undergraduate classes. But the administration is stalling, waiting for Donald Trump to appoint an anti-union National Labor Relations Board that, they hope, will throw out the union’s right to exist. Read more →

Call for Proposals: 45th Annual Conference for the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions

by Ryan Poe  on May 29th,2017
The National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, Hunter College, City University of New York, invites scholars and practitioners from multiple disciplines to submit abstracts of proposed papers, panels, and interactive workshops for our 45th annual conference. Read more →

Solidarity Statement for Yale Graduate Students

by Jennifer Klein  on May 16th,2017
Yale continues to evade its legal responsibility to bargain with the legally certified union representing graduate teachers at Yale. Since April 25, the fast by graduate teachers and their occupation at Beinecke Plaza has continued as well. Read more →

Why Yale Graduate Students Are on a Hunger Strike, by Jennifer Klein, New York Times (May 9, 2017)

by Jennifer Klein  on May 16th,2017
Two weeks ago, Yale graduate student teachers began a hunger strike to pressure the school to negotiate with their union. Eight committed to fasting, planning only to stop if a doctor says their health is at risk of permanent damage. If a student has to stop fasting, another union member takes his or her spot. Four of the students have had nothing but water for 14 days. Read more →

New Panel Added to March 26-28, 2017 Higher Education Conference: Adjunct Faculty Unemployment Benefits Eligibility

by Eric Fure-Slocum  on March 10th,2017
We are pleased to announce the addition of a new panel to examine the issue of unemployment eligibility for adjunct faculty and the significance of the new guidance issued by the United States Department of Labor. The panel will include speakers Jason Myers, Chief Administrative Law Judge, New York State Unemployment Appeals Board, Nancy Cross, SEIU Local 1 Vice President, Louis P. DiLorenzo, Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, and Maria Maisto, New Faculty Majority, Moderator. Read more →

The Winds of Changes Shift

by Eric Fure-Slocum  on February 18th,2017
LAWCHA member William Herbert, the Executive Director of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions at Hunter College, has just published an important article on collective bargaining in higher education. See “The Winds of Changes Shift: An Analysis of recent Growth in Bargaining Units and Representation Efforts in Higher Education,” which appears in the recent issue of the Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy. Read more →

Convert Lines or Convert People?: The Polarizing Debate Over How to Restore Faculty Tenure

by Trevor Griffey  on February 6th,2017
On January 12, 2017, faculty unions representing community and technical college faculty across Washington state got their allies in the Washington state legislature to introduce HB 1168, a law that would compel the state’s community and technical colleges to ensure that seventy percent of their faculty will be on the tenure track by 2023. Read more →

National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions: January, 2017

by Eric Fure-Slocum  on January 20th,2017
In this issue: Dr. Martin Luther King on the Purpose of Education, National Center’s 2017 Annual Conference registration, Interactive Training Workshops, Collective Bargaining and Unionization at Private Sector Institutions, and more! Read more →

Subscribe to the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions Newsletter

by Eric Fure-Slocum  on January 20th,2017
This January newsletter of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions contains a number of updates about adjunct organizing, as well as graduate employee and other faculty organizing or collective bargaining. Thanks again to William Herbert, executive director, for forwarding this. LAWCHA members can sign up for the newsletter for free! Read more →

The Decline of Faculty Tenure: Less From an Oversupply of PhDs, and More from the Systematic De-Valuation of the PhD as a Credential for College Teaching

by Trevor Griffey  on January 9th,2017
Contrary to what most journalists and many academics argue, an “oversupply” of people with PhDs is not the primary cause of the decline of tenure for college faculty in the U.S. Read more →

National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, December, 2016

by Eric Fure-Slocum  on December 24th,2016
The National Center E-Note is a monthly electronic newsletter containing research and analysis relevant to unionization and collective bargaining in higher education and the professions. Read more →

Collective Bargaining and Unit Composition

by William Herbert  on December 24th,2016
An important issue in collective bargaining, with significant consequences for contingent faculty, is unit composition. At the April 3-5, 2016 annual conference in New York City of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, a panel discussed the impact that faculty composition can have on collective bargaining. Read more →