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.

Senator 
Holmquist Newbry, Janéa (R) Chair   janea.holmquistnewbry@leg.wa.gov    (360) 786-7624
Braun, John (R) Vice Chair    john.braun@leg.wa.gov  (360) 786-7638
Conway, Steve (D) *    steve.conway@leg.wa.gov    (360) 786-7656
Hasegawa, Bob (D)    bob.hasegawa@leg.wa.gov   (360) 786-7616
Hewitt, Mike (R)    mike.hewitt@leg.wa.gov  (360) 786-7630
King, Curtis (R)    curtis.king@leg.wa.gov   (360) 786-7626
Kohl-Welles, Jeanne (D)    jeanne.kohl-welles@leg.wa.gov  (360) 786-7670

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Salon.com Publishes Article by Dr. Keith Hoeller, via "Equality for Contingent Faculty"

"Equality for Contingent Faculty: Overcoming the Two-Tier System" is a book of articles edited by Dr. Keith Hoeller. On Sunday, February 16, 2014, Salon.com published a selection from one of the articles, this one written by Dr. Hoeller: "The Academic Labor System of Faculty Apartheid."

Salon.com Sunday, Feb 16, 2014 
"The Wal-Mart-ization of higher education: How young professors are getting screwed:
More and more faculty at America's colleges and university are underpaid and undervalued. Can that change?"

Washington State Legislature: Hearing on SB 5844 February 2014


From a Pacific North Westside faculty member classified/misclassified as adjunct/part-time:
"In case anyone is interested, I just watched the video of yesterday's hearing about Washington State Senate Bill 5844, taking these notes while doing so.
In summary, SB 5844 proposes a change to state law to allow adjuncts to form their own union and to bar membership with tenured faculty on the grounds that there is no community of interests--"

The text of the bill is at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=5844 and the video http://www.tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2014020039 .  The video of the hearing about begins at about the 30:00 minute mark.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Washington State Senate Bill 5844 Hearing for Separate Union for Adjunct Faculty, on Friday, Feb. 7, from 8 to 10 am.

Call to Action : Create Separate Union for Washington State Adjunct Faculty.
Via the Washington State Part-Time Faculty Association:

This is an historic moment.  Our Senate Commerce and Labor Committee will be hearing Senator Timothy Sheldon's Senate Bill 5844 this Friday, Feb. 7, from 8-10 a.m.

We will need to muster all the support we can for this hearing, since the bill must also be voted out of committee by the end of the day Friday.

It would be great if you can make it to Olympia to testify.  You will need to sign in electronically at the kiosks on the main floor of the Cherberg Building.   Each person will probably have two or three minutes to testify.

Whether you testify or not, it would help to write emails to the Senators on the Commerce and Labor Committee (I will follow with their email addresses and a sample letter).  Senators gets hundreds of emails everyday.  So it is important to keep it short.  The thing most likely to be read is your subject line.  So you might write some variation of "Please Support SB 5844 (Separate Unions for Adjuncts)" or "Please Vote YES on SB 5844."

You will only need to write one letter if you write the Chair of the committee, and copy the other members.  But you may have more of an impact if you send separate letters to each member.

The legislature needs to hear why the bill is necessary.  Doug Collins once said that we are in an abusive marriage without the right to divorce.  We have no leverage.  This bill will give us the right all other workers have to choose their own unions.

Below you will find a summary of the bill by Jack Longmate, as well as a link to the entire bill.

Your letter will help at anytime between now and Friday.  But since legislators are often behind in reading their email, it will do the most good between now and the end of the day on Thursday.

It would help me to keep track of our support if you would send me a copy of your letter to the committee members.  You can blind copy me and/or forward the letter to me.

Please tell everyone, adjuncts, friends, relatives, to write to the committee members ASAP.

Cordially,

Keith Hoeller
Co-Founder, Washington Part-Time Faculty Association
Seattle, WA

Summary of SB 5844 by Jack Longmate

B 5844 doesn't mandate the formation of unions for NTT faculty; that is, it doesn't obligate the formation of unions for adjuncts, but it does (1) give adjuncts the right to form their own union and (2) it prohibits adjuncts from being members in full-time units. In essence, it says these two things:

(1) It "authorizes" PT faculty to form a collective bargaining unit.  Section 4 reads: "Both full-time tenured academic employees and part-time nontenured academic employees have the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist employee organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and also have the right to refrain from any or all of these activities except to the extent that full-time tenured academic employees may be required to make payments to an exclusive full-time tenured academic bargaining representative while part-time nontenured academic employees may be required to make  payments to an exclusive part-time nontenured bargaining representative, or charitable organization under a union security provision authorized in this chapter."  

Section 5 continues: " Upon filing with the employer the voluntary written authorization of a bargaining unit employee under this chapter, the full-time tenured academic employee organization or the part-time nontenured academic employee organization which is the exclusive bargaining representative of the bargaining unit of the respective full-time tenured or part-time nontenured academic employee organization shall have the right to have deducted from the salary of the bargaining unit employee the periodic dues and initiation fees uniformly required as a condition of acquiring or retaining membership in the exclusive bargaining representative." 
 

(2)  It prohibits joint units.  Section 2 reads, in part: "The legislature intends that collective bargaining units may be composed of either full-time tenured academic employees or part-time nontenured academic employees to strengthen the direct communication of these distinct employee types with the employer."  Section 3 continues: "Full-time tenured academic employees may join full-time tenured collective bargaining units. Part-time nontenured academic employees may join part-time faculty collective bargaining units."
 
 
It also makes a third point.  In Section 6, which prohibits discrimination against academic employees who are union members or union officers in (1), it adds a new provision (2) to explicitly prohibit discrimination against part-time faculty:

"(2) Discrimination against part-time academic employees on the basis of their part-time or nontenured employment status is a violation of this chapter."



Link to Bill:    http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2013-14/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5844.pdf

There was a typo in the email address of the Chair of the Commerce and Labor Committee. 
If it came back to you, please resend your letter.
Here is the correct list, updated from yesterday.

Senate Commerce & Labor

Committee Members

Chair, Janea Holmquist Newbry (R)     janea.holmquistnewbry@leg.wa.gov
Vice Chair John Braun (R)                    john.braun@leg.wa.gov
Steve Conway (D)                                 steve.conway@leg.wa.gov
Bob Hasegawa (D)                                bob.hasegawa@leg.wa.gov
Mike Hewitt (R)                                    mike.hewitt@leg.wa.gov
Curtis King (R)                                      curtis.king@leg.wa.gov
Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D)                         jeanne.kohl-welles@leg.wa.gov
Please be sure to modify your letters significantly ...so they don't look like form letters.  Include personal experiences and observations, and keep it short.  Remember to make the subject line very clear.  And of course don't use campus email for any political activity.

You can make a difference.

Cordially, Keith



InsideHigherEd.com published a review of Dr. Keith Hoeller's new book, Equality for Contingent Faculty: Overcoming the Two-Tier System (Vanderbilt University Press).http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/01/29/book-argues-adjunct-conditions-must-be-viewed-civil-rights-issue
Dr. Keith Hoeller
Washington Part-Time Faculty Association
Seattle, WA

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Washington State and NEOGOV

Washington State uses NEOGOV for human resouces.


According to a socialtech.com interview with Damir Davidovic, CEO of a company called NEOGOV:
"NEOGOV is a cloud-based, human resources suite. It basically covers recruiting, performance, evaluations and appraisals, onboarding, and we're also now working on full, back-end HR management, managing things like absence tracking, timesheets, etc. ...we started signing up very large agencies, such as Orange County, the City of Los Angeles, and the State of Washington."

http://www.socaltech.com/interview_with_damir_davidovic_neogov/s-0046514.html

From the comments:
"THIS is the problem! One, a computer software is replacing decent paying government jobs in a human resource department. Soon corporate America will also outsource its human resource department to a computer software. Thus more and more people are out of work. Meanwhile, for those like me, unemployed and having a BA in poli sci (thus government jobs are a logical choice) I am not being evaluated by a human being for a job, but rather a computer software."

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Washington State Adjunct Activist Dr. Keith Hoeller's Editorial Published in New York Times, November 12, 2013

Washington State Adjunct Activist Dr. Keith Hoeller's Editorial Published in New York Times, November 12, 2013

"While the tenure-track faculty have comparatively high wages, great benefits and lifetime job security in the form of tenure, one million contingent professors have none of these things, often teaching for decades for poverty-level wages, and wondering whether they will even have a job next quarter.  "
KEITH HOELLER
Seattle, Nov. 11, 2013
The writer is the editor of the forthcoming book “Equality for Contingent Faculty: Overcoming the Two-Tier System.”

 For replies to this editorial, see

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/opinion/sunday/sunday-dialogue-academias-two-tracks.html?pagewanted=3&_r=0

Dr. Hoeller's reply includes this closing statement:

"It is not surprising to see the two-track system defended by those who profit from it the most. But as the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education, even a “separate but equal” system is inherently unequal. It cannot be reformed; it must be abolished."

New York Times Describes Adjunct Faculty Turning to Service Employees International Union, December 04, 2013

"...a movement catching on across American campuses where adjunct faculty members, the working poor of academia, are turning to collective action." Service Employees International Union

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/04/us/more-college-adjuncts-see-strength-in-union-numbers.html?emc=eta1&_r=0
"A version of this article appears in print on December 4, 2013, on page A18 of the New York edition with the headline: More College Adjuncts See Strength in Union Numbers."