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TC3 #Adjunct Association

TC3 #Adjunct Association | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Have you heard? Adjunct faculty at Tompkins Cortland Community College have begun organizing a union -- the TC3 Adjunct Association!

 

Our overarching goal is to build a strong and democratic organization and negotiate a fair contract. This will ultimately help to decrease the high adjunct turnover that exists at TC3 and enhance the college’s ability to both attract and retain the most dedicated and qualified adjunct workforce possible — things that can only help to improve TC3’s ability to offer the best educational experience we can for our students....


Questions? Please email us at tc3adjunctassociation@gmail.com or feel free to contact any member of the TC3 Adjunct Association Organizing Committee directly.

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Ethics & union bylaws

Ethics & union bylaws | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Comment: relevant to recent posts & discussion of malfeasance at Green River CC as covered by AdjunctNation series

 

Author Phil Lillies is an internal auditor with a deep interest in workplace democracy. Based in Canada, he has spent ten years applying his training in philosophy and organizational development to the st...

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WA community college violates Public Records Laws, retaliates against adjuncts filing requests

WA community college violates Public Records Laws, retaliates against adjuncts filing requests | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Keith Hoeller, GRAFA (Green River Adjunct Faculty
Association), Olympia WA, writes about violations of Public Records
Laws and retaliation for making public records requests,


"To whom it may concern, I have been told by several knowledgeable people that Green River Community College has not been complying with state and federal laws on the keeping and releasing of public records....Union leaders have been reluctant to produce emails under our state's public disclosure laws.

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Indeed, two instances of retaliation have already happened. On July 30 I was harassed and threatened by a member of our faculty union's executive board. The board member approached me in a state of anger and fury because a reporter from  AdjunctNation had requested the emails of our union president....This same board member recently harassed and threatened another adjunct who had filed a public records request. And a second union board member, who has supervisory authority over the adjunct, did the same."

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Exercpted from letter by Keith Hoeller to WA Senate Higher Education Committee and highered media. Why is this and other breaches of conduct (and WA state code) being ignored by the state, the college, the union, local and higher ed media?

 

Information wants to be free...

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Adjunct professors move towards unionization with SEIU

Adjunct professors move towards unionization with SEIU | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Hey, @sarahkendzior, I think you'll dig this: http://t.co/aI4YWc0X. #Georgetown's adjunct professors move to unionize with SEIU.

 

Adjunct professors move towards unionization with SEIU by Vanya Mehta on October 4, 2012 in The Georgetown Voice »  News.

 

In response to the growing presence of Service Employees International Union organizers on campus, Georgetown’s provost Robert Groves addressed an email to all faculty members reaffirming the University’s respect and support of the right of employees to unionize. The SEIU, which represents 2.1 million workers in the healthcare, property, and public services sectors, began work this semester to unionize adjunct professors on the Hilltop.



 

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AFT Washington Affiliate Tries to Block Release of Public Documents Relating to Union Leader’s Embezzlement of Funds | Adjunct Advocate

AFT Washington Affiliate Tries to Block Release of Public Documents Relating to Union Leader’s Embezzlement of Funds | Adjunct Advocate | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Ideally, union leaders help and protect members to the extent allowed by the contract negotiated between the union and the employer. At Green River Community College there have been allegations made that the game is being played differently. GRCC is located in Auburn, Washington, a suburb of Seattle with a population of about 75,000. In response to allegations made by part-time faculty who are union members represented by United Faculty (UF), AdjunctNation.com launched an investigation. As a part of our effort to gather documents, AdjunctNation filed two Freedom of Information Act requests on July 20, 2012. In response, UF’s leadership has attempted to force Green River Community College officials to keep from releasing emails and documents that could confirm leaders’ alleged efforts to single out, end the career and destroy the reputation of one of the union’s own members, part-time faculty member Keith Hoeller. (by PD Lesko)

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NLRB Orders East-West U. to Stop Denying Work to Union Organizer

NLRB Orders East-West U. to Stop Denying Work to Union Organizer | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Filed under: Academic Labor.

 

MORE POSTS ABOUT. Academic Labor ... Duquesne U. Adjuncts Vote to Unionize · California Legislation Would Allow Research Assistants to Unionize · view all Academic Labor posts ...

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A victoruy for New Faculty Majority Board member Curtis Keyes: *if* EW complies. To date their track record in this area (compliance) leaves a lot to be desired, from CHE http://chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/nlrb-orders-east-west-u-to-stop-denying-work-to-union-organizer/53401 ;

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Many Be Called, But Few Chosen: Duquesne University Adjuncts’ Fight to Organize, Part Three

Many Be Called, But Few Chosen: Duquesne University Adjuncts’ Fight to Organize, Part Three | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Part 3 of an outstanding in-depth analysis of Duquesne University's disputed union card count and repeated attempts to block adjuncts from organizing

 

I started at the end with part 3 because of this line:

 

"the buttons that the professors were wearing, featuring a large “A” for adjunct."

 

Part 1, http://unionosity.com/featured-story/many-be-called-but-few-chosen-duquesne-university-adjuncts-fight-to-organize/ ;

 

Part 2: http://unionosity.com/featured-story/many-be-called-but-few-chosen-duquesne-university-adjuncts-fight-to-organize-part-two/ ;

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Duquesne Adjunct Faculty Vote for Union Voice

Duquesne Adjunct Faculty Vote for Union Voice | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
A group of adjunct faculty members at Duquesne University voted by a better than 5-to-1 margin to form a union affiliated with the United Steelworkers (USW).
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FOIAed Police Reports Show Washington Union Leader Impeded Police Investigation of Theft of Union Funds | Adjunct Advocate

FOIAed Police Reports Show Washington Union Leader Impeded Police Investigation of Theft of Union Funds | Adjunct Advocate | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

by P.D. Lesko
At Green River Community College, located in a suburb of Seattle, Washington, adjuncts (350) make up the majority of the 450 faculty who teach at the two-year college. Between 2004-2010, an adjunct faculty member headed the Green River Community College United Faculty, a joint AFT-NEA local—the only joint AFT-NEA local in the state. Phil Ray Jack was elected, for all intents and purposes, by the full-time faculty to lead the local. Washington State union leaders have referred to Jack’s election and long-time stint as leader of the unified local, a “resounding success.” A part-time faculty member who was represented by Jack and UF for the years during which he led the union summed up his leadership quite differently.

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It’s easy for those who support collective bargaining rights to look at pieces such as this one as attacks on unions and unionism. Union leaders, who are criticized as having created a system in which it pays more to work for the union that to be represented by the union, if RiShawn Biddle’s facts in the American Spectator are to be believed, deflect criticism by labeling critics “anti-union.” Such tactics become more difficult to employ, however, when the criticisms are leveled by long-time union activists and union members.

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