Wednesday, November 28, 2012

#SEIU500 Forum on #PTFaculty #Unions this Saturday!

…the SEIU Local 500 Coalition of Academic Labor Forum is Free & Open to the Public. REGISTER TODAY ~ RIGHT NOW 

The SEIU Local 500 Coalition of Academic Labor Fourth Annual Forum on
Part-time Faculty Unions
Caste and Classes: Contingent Academic Labor Confronting Inequalities in Higher Education
Saturday, December 1, 2012, 9am to 5pm at SEIU Headquarters, 1800 Mass Ave, Washington DC (Dupont circle metro)

Please RSVP to Anne McLeer by November 28 (THAT'S TODAY), at
This forum is free and open to the public. Breakfast and lunch will be served
Join part-time faculty, union members and activists, contingent faculty advocates, full-time faculty, student groups, administration allies, members of The New Faculty Majority and the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education, community allies and other stakeholders in higher education for an action oriented forum on the topic of how academic labor practices are perpetuating the increasing inequalities in our society and what we are doing to fight back.

9:00 – 9:30 Breakfast            

9:30 – 11:00    Panel 1
Caste and Classes – linking our struggle for the rights of contingent faculty to the larger struggle to maintain a middle class, ensure access to quality education for all, and save the dignity of work for everyone from professors to janitors.
  • Gary Rhoades, Professor and Director, Center for the Study of Higher Education College of Education University of Arizona
  • Pablo Eisenberg, Senior Fellow, Georgetown Public Policy Institute
  • Wayne Langley, Director, Higher Education Division, SEIU Local 615
11:00 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 12:45 Panel 2 – Professor Staff Organizes – addressing contingent faculty working conditions, student impacts, and education policy.
  • Esther Merves, Research Director, New Faculty Majority: New Faculty Majority Back to School Survey, Results and Uses
  • Dan Maxey, Dean's Fellow in Urban Education Policy,  Pullias Center for Higher Education, University of Southern California: Contingent Faculty Working Conditions and Student Success
  • Michael Best, SEIU, and Thomas Vadakkeveetil, Strayer University: The For-profit Education Industry – Organizing for Reform
12:45 – 1:45 Lunchtime breakouts
  • Community building, creating alliances
  • Media rapid response and using social media to effect change
  • Using the NFM survey as an organizing tool – Esther Merves
  • How do we organize for-profit institutions? Challenges and ideas
  •  Bargaining contracts in higher ed – Kip Lornell
1:45 – 2:45 Panel 3 – Students Support for Adjunct Faculty Organizing
  • Ethan Miller – student activist, American University
  • Marissa Allison– George Mason University Graduate Student Sociological Association
2:45 – 3:00 Break

3:00 – 4:00 Panel 4 – Making our Work Visible
  • Pat Lengerman and Jill Niebrugge-Brantley: "Invisible Work, Adjunct Faculty, and the NFL Referees Strike of 2012."
  • Nancy Traver, Part-time Faculty Association, Columbia College Chicago: Holding Columbia College Accountable through Protest and the Law
4:00 – 5:00 Panel 5 - Building a Metropolitan Organization to Confront Contingency
o   Anne McLeer and David Rodich: The SEIU Local 500 Vision
o   Maria Maisto: The New Faculty Majority – Local and National Projects and Action Items
5:00pm Closing remarks
o   Merle Cuttitta, President, SEIU Local 500|
o   Kip Lornell, Vice President for Higher Education, SEIU Local 500 
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  1. I am too far away, alas, but I am with you in spirit. And hopefully, I know that you will be tweeting away, letting us know the particulars through FB, though again, you are also really far away!

    In solidarity,
    Ana M. Fores Tamayo

    1. Thanks and oops... could have sworn I replied last night. Anyway thanks for the reminder about tweeting ~ better line up some tweeps. Ethan Miller (the one in the pic with facial hair) already follows us on twitter. There's no hashtag for the forum either. Alan is supposed to report back too.

  2. how can we follow this?

    1. Follow live on Twitter with hashtag #academiclabor. Special thanks to Ethan Miller, @habohead59. We are also posting updates on our Facebook page at

    2. Thanks, I didn't know I could follow twitter without having an account. Do you cover other conferences?

      Now I really wish we had a union more like SEIU where I work. Hard enough trying to survive as an adjunct without being in a unit run by tenured faculty, even my own boss. Better I guess than no union at all but not by much.

      What can we do about that? Is there any place to make a statement and be heard but still safe?


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