|Barbara Wolf, Workplace 4.2|
Each Chapter focuses on the barriers, opportunities and organizing approaches being undertaken in a different situation. For example, Boston part-timers, through COCAL-Boston, are organizing on a regional basis because of the vast number of schools there, which may be the first US example of "metro strategy" later described by Joe Berry in Reclaiming the Ivory Tower.
California community college part-time faculty, CPFA (California Part Time Faculty Association), are shown organizing statewide to change state laws. Sadly, the Boston page is gone, leaving no more than a a description in a Kairos article and dead link to a no longer existing website. The last Wayback Machine snapshot was May 1, 2003. CPFA is still going strong: website, discussion list, quarterly journal, blog, Twitter, etc
About Boston Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor
(via Contingent Faculty Websites, Kairos 8.1, 2001, by James A McDonald (fyi now head of the UL-Lafayette English Department)
"We are a group of activists dedicated to improving the status of so-called 'part-time' and other adjunct faculty in the Boston area," begins the text on the first page of the Web site for the Boston Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor. Of the four Web sites run by contingent faculty associations, the Boston COCAL site contains the most useful information for contingent outside Massachusetts and is the easiest to navigate.
The first page of the Web site has impossible-to-miss links to a description of the program of the Boston COCAL, an eloquent statement of purpose that can be mined for arguments on other campuses, news, articles, links to relevant sites and the national COCAL listserv, and a reassuring essay by Larry Kaye entitled "How to Become a Successful Activist." Boston COCAL's ten-point program to guide contingent faculty working conditions has been an important guide for part-time faculty trying to establish policies of ethical working conditions on their campuses.
Most of the articles include news about contingent faculty activities in Boston taken from various sources or written by faculty, but the articles section also includes editorials and essays such as a My Turn piece from Newsweek entitled "The Full-Time Stress of Part-Time Professors" by a former adjunct teacher of first-year composition.In Chapter 5, part-time faculty in the California Community Colleges are organizing statewide to change state laws: ecce CPFA (California Part Time Faculty Association)