Thursday, December 18, 2014

Please sign petition for SB 5844 (Different Unions for Adjuncts and Tenured Faculty) to Washington State Governor December 18, 2014

From Washington State:
Keith Hoeller
Washington Part-Time Faculty Association
Seattle, WA
P.S.  We are gearing up for January's legislative session.  Please send me names and email addresses of people you think might support our efforts to pass SB 5844!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Washington State Legislature Must Fund Early Learning and Higher Education Too via Seattle Times Editorial Dec. 3 to Dec. 4, 2014

Many Thanks to the Seattle Times, for calling attention to the underfunding of higher education, which is leaving the majority of college instructors in poverty, and students with hefty loans.
"Originally published December 3, 2014 at 4:03 PM | Page modified December 4, 2014 at 9:05 AM      Editorial: Education funding needs to be for more than K-12
As state lawmakers address mandates to boost funding for kindergarten through 12th grade schools, they must also consider the needs of early learning and higher education students."

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Faculty Alert: Appeal to Help Homeless Adjunct Advocate June 2014

"Fellow Workers:  We are in here for you,

you are out there for us"


Mary Faith has been out there on the streets of New York fighting for us.  Can we be inside our homes and campuses fighting for her?...She has put a face to the plight of impoverished adjuncts throughout this country. Let's not treat Mary-Faith as though she were disposable."


We now have two websites to collect funds for homeless adjunct Mary-Faith Cerasoli.  Both contain background on Mary-Faith and how she became homeless.

"NCC Adjuncts United" has already had over 240 unique visitors:

"Mary-Faith is Fighting for Adjunct Rights" has a wealth of information and a donation link too:

You can even download prints by donating a small amount.

The Precarious Faculty Blog site also contains information about the Nassau Community College Adjunct Faculty Association (AFA), which has had a $400,000 fine imposed on it for a strike last September.  The leaders of this independent union are still facing the possibility of the loss of their jobs from a retaliatory President and Board of Trustees.  See

At great risk to her teaching career, Mary-Faith went to Albany, the New York state capital, to protest the treatment of adjuncts.  She demanded that the New York Secretary of Education meet with her.  He refused.

At great risk to her health, she began the age old progressive tactic of a hunger strike to call attention to our plights.  She demanded that the Governor or one of his aides meet with her.  While one of his aides did call her, he refused to meet with her.  Not wishing to endanger her health any further in a fruitless quest, she wisely called off her strike and saw a doctor to make sure she was well.

She wrote an op-ed for the Albany Times-Union daily newspaper, "All Faculty Deserve Fair Treatment"

She has been profiled in the Chronicle of Higher Education:

The New York Times also did a story on her:  "Without Tenure or a Home"

Under the current system, adjunct faculty are disposable people.  When they don't get a class, when they have a class cancelled, when there are no more classes for them, no one worries about them, and no one takes responsibility.  It's just the way it is for those off the tenure track. 

If an adjunct should dare apply for unemployment, she will be hassled for sure, and most likely denied.  If she speaks up against this unjust two-track system, she will surely be hassled and she may never teach again.

We know all of this in the abstract.  Some of us know it from personal experience.  

But thanks to Mary Faith's courageous acts, the public now knows it in the concrete.  She has put a face to the plight of impoverished adjuncts throughout this country.

Let's not treat Mary-Faith as though she were disposable.

If 1,000 of us would contribute as little as $10, we could raise $10,000 to give her enough money for a stable living environment for a year.  She could then turn to devoting full-time to finding employment.

One of the most iconic cartoons in the history of the labor movement comes from the progressive union The Industrial Workers of the World, nicknamed the Wobblies (see bottom of this letter).  It has a picture of a man in jail behind bars, with the caption:

"Fellow Workers:  We are in here for you, you are out there for us"

Mary Faith has been out there on the streets of New York fighting for us.  Can we be inside our homes and campuses fighting for her?

I urge all of you to go to one of the two websites: or and please make a donation of at least $10 (more if you can).

Please post this email appeal to lists, websites, groups, listservs, forums, personal web pages, blogs, and social media, including Facebook, Twitter and G+, unions or other organizations. 


Keith Hoeller
Editor, Equality for Contingent Faculty: Overcoming the Two-Tier System
Co-founder, Washington Part-Time Faculty Association

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Adjunct Faculty Desperately Seeking a Union at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA May 22, 2014

"Adjunct professors often work at more than one college. Kinder-Pyle, for example, teaches at Eastern Washington University as well as GU. His annual salary from the private college is about $11,000. EWU pays him about $22,000."

Wednesday, May 7, 2014



"He has no affection for teachers’ unions. He believes in the time he was a member, they used adjunct teachers as bargaining chips in negotiations — i.e., they would threaten to get a better deal for adjuncts, and then trade that threat for increased benefits for tenured faculty.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Washington State HB 1348 Shafts Adjuncts without Increments February 28, 2014

Call to Action: ASAP for Friday Morning, February 28, 2014
Washington State HB 1348 Makes Increment Funding Automatic, but Shafts Adjuncts without Increments February 28, 2014.
Many of the community colleges have contracted with the unions and teacher associations so that many of the faculty classified/misclassified as adjunct or part time do not recieve any increments at all. Letters/Emails/Calls can help the senators realize the injustice of this discriminatory bill that rewards a limited amount of teachers, and leaves the rest in the cold.

Holmquist Newbry, Janéa (R) Chair    (360) 786-7624
Braun, John (R) Vice Chair  (360) 786-7638
Conway, Steve (D) *    (360) 786-7656
Hasegawa, Bob (D)   (360) 786-7616
Hewitt, Mike (R)  (360) 786-7630
King, Curtis (R)   (360) 786-7626
Kohl-Welles, Jeanne (D)  (360) 786-7670

Wednesday, February 26, 2014