…to promote open exchange of ideas and information on higher education and the concerns of adjunct/contingent faculty and other precarious knowledge workers, the no longer new but actual faculty majority in most colleges and universities since 2000 or before…to support the goals of local, national and international casual faculty organizations, COCAL International, Program for Change, and the UDHR, Articles 23 and 26 in particular...
I’m sure this is a very busy time of year for you, as it is for us here at NFM. There are just a few items that I would like to bring to your immediate attention:
1. Today NFM is launching its Unemployment Compensation Initiative with the debut of its web site at www.nfmuci.org This initiative will provide adjunct and contingent faculty in all 50 states the information they need to apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI). In addition to providing practical assistance, this effort is the beginning of a data collection and public education effort.
Even if you don't qualify for or need UI, we encourage you to spread the news of the initiative. A press release has been distributed nationally and will be posted here separately. If you know of a local newspaper, reporter or news outlet that should receive a copy of our news release, please advise Matt Williams, NFM's VP and Communications Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. We are grateful that all three faculty unions are supporting this initiative. If you are a union member, please urge your local to link to the initiative web site and to continue supporting NFM's activities with financial and in-kind assistance.