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New Faculty Majority Welcomes You!

New Faculty Majority Welcomes You! | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
New Faculty Majority: The National Coalition for Adjunct & Contingent Equity (Do you know about the New Faculty Majority? NFM works on all issues related to contingent faculty. Check it out!
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Introduction to NFM Action Plan

Introduction to NFM Action Plan | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
This site is maintained by the New Faculty Majority Foundation in order to promote dialogue about the general framework it has proposed to guide reform of faculty employment practices in higher e...
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Campus Equity Week 2011: Oct 24-28: About #FEW & Resource Links

Campus Equity Week 2011: Oct 24-28: About #FEW & Resource Links | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

...to images, handouts, buttons, posters (like this on: IF I WANTED TO WORK IN A SWEATSHOP, I WOULD HAVE USED MY STUDENT LOAN TO BUY A SEWING MACHINE) and many other materials you can use for #CEW2011 activities

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The New Faculty Majority: Hands Up for Fair Employment

The New Faculty Majority: Hands Up for Fair Employment | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

FPSE (Federation of Post-Secondary Education) President's Statement for Fair Employment Week #FEW (Canadian version of #CEW2011)

 

This week in post-secondary institutions across Canada faculty and staff are highlighting the problems that non-regular faculty face in their demand for fair employment. It is a struggle that every local in our Federation takes on at the bargaining table and throughout the term of their collective agreements: the struggle to achieve fair and secure employment for every member.

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Crowdsourcing a Compilation of Adjunct Working Conditions

Crowdsourcing a Compilation of Adjunct Working Conditions | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Don't skip clicking the link to the Google Doc at http://is.gd/nSRVbk. Add your information. It's important. Read the post alread and added information? That's nice. Now revisit the post. scroll down and catch up on all the comments posted since then. It's as busy as any comment section on IHE or the Chronicle ~ minus trolls too.  Then revisit the crowdsourcing doc and read the comments there too.

 

Josh Boldt's post on his blog, Copy & Paste, http://copy--paste.com and the accompanying crowdsourcing GoogleDoc are, if not going viral, then well on the way, ~ at least in the adjunctiverse corner of academentia. Both gather more viewers and comments by the day Now, with international interest and a recent hat tip in major academic media, the gates of the adjunct information ghetto are opening. There is surely more to come too: adunct interest in crowdsourcing is growing.

 

Josh opens, "Yesterday, Michael Bérubé, president of the Modern Language Association and newfound hero of contingent faculty everywhere, published the essay "Among the Majority" on the MLA web, http://www.mla.org/fromthepres, ... "

 

Taking Bérubé's comments on adjunct pay inequity (so well known by us but too often brushed off  by administration, tenured faculty and the general public), Josh proposes and initiates action: crowdsouce to collect information about pay and working conditions to share and make public ~ throw open the windows and let the sun shine in. He explains, 

 

"In order to begin this process, I’ve created a Google Doc to crowdsource information from adjuncts about the conditions at their respective universities. Things like course pay, benefits, retirement, and contracts. Let’s combine forces and establish which schools are doing good work, and which are doing bad. Fill in as much information as you feel comfortable doing, and be sure to tweet this document and share it via Facebook, email, listserv, or anywhere else you can think of."

 

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Adjuncts come together at #newfac12 to demand fairer treatment

Adjuncts come together at #newfac12 to demand fairer treatment | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Another country heard from as the academic press checks in, this time #InsideHigherEd. 

 

"WASHINGTON – They gathered to commiserate and commit to giving adjunct faculty a stronger voice. In what was part bonding session, part road map for the future, members of the “New Faculty Majority,” a group representing professors off the tenure track, met for its first national summit here Saturday."

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Ghost at Westchester Community College

Ghost at Westchester Community College | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

The New Faculty Majority: Many adjuncts wearing little ghost logos: check out our adjunct rep's hand-around and ghost. Thank you, Diane!

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Adjunct Group Starts Offering Health Insurance, Quick Takes: July 13, 2011 - Inside Higher Ed

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The New Faculty Majority, a national group for those faculty members who work off the tenure track, has started offering health insurance plans for members who live in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Lack of health insurance (or lack of access to more affordable group rates on health insurance) is a major issue for adjuncts who work at many colleges that limit access to their coverage.

Big City public U adjunct says New Faculty Majority insurance plans are awful and writes, "I am glad the New Faculty Majority is organizing adjuncts, but the type of insurance they're offering is horrifically bad."

New Faculty Majority board member and chair of insurance initiative responds, "NFM plans fill a much-needed gap....[the] interpretation that NFM's health plan is "awful" [compares it to standard employer] coverage and an unusual and lucky situation that makes it difficult... to look at this for what it is. Some coverage is better than no coverage.

Yes, this is a limited medical plan. Limited in what it covers and how much it pays. NFM is not an employer so we cannot offer traditional employer coverage as full-time faculty, and a few adjuncts, have with their universities. We also are a fairly young group. For those two reasons, we are not able to offer "normal" health insurance to our members - YET. Insurance carriers are not willing to take a risk with young associations but when NFM gains longevity, visiblity, and members, carriers will provide us better coverage, even "normal" coverage, for our members.

For now, NFM's plan ensures no NFM member in these states will be turned down for health coverage. Try getting individual coverage with Anthem or some other major carrier. IF they agree to cover you, see how much they charge for premiums AND what they also will exclude and make you wait for coverage for.

NFM's plan is providing a much-needed benefit for adjuncts and we've heard from many who are thrilled to have something because as I said, something is better than nothing.

...let us know how [this] institution has been able to offer such a great plan to adjuncts. Was it the result of organized action by faculty or the foresight of enlightened administrators?
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