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Home » March 31st, 2008 Entries posted on “March, 2008”

2002 or CUPFA’s 1984

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In 2002, the contract between Concordia University, in Quebec, Canada, and the Concordia University Part-time Faculty Association (CUPFA) expired. CUPFA represents 1,200 part-time faculty, who teach 40 percent of the courses offered at the University. President Maria Peluso has been quoted as saying that when she began teaching at Concordia nearly 30 years ago, she […]

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“Striking Part-Timers in Canada”

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Listen to my blog entry here. Yesterday afternoon, I interviewed Dr. Judy Bates. She is the president of the Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association. As you may know, the 366 part-time faculty represented by the WLUFA went out on strike a few days ago. Judy Bates is a pleasant woman with a British accent, and […]

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A Cool Million and Some Solidarity

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At Wilfrid Laurier University, 400 people showed up at a rally on March 22nd to support the 365 contract part-time faculty, who are on strike. Check out this piece about the rally from the Waterloo Record. Faculty came from as far away as Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island and Ottawa. For those of you who missed […]

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$5,000 Executive Committee Meetings, or Why It’s Way Past Time

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They’re at it again. Yes. Again. Our part-time faculty colleagues in Canada are on strike. The Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association (WLUFA), which represents 365 contract faculty, announced that part-timers are striking in response to the latest pay offer from the college. WLU officials offered a 3.5 percent pay increase. The raise would have bumped […]

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I Never Said That!

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Listen to my blog entry here. I just finished meeting with Ryan Sexton, our web page programmer. He and I are working out the best way to display our new Podcast Interview Series. Ryan suggested that we offer a podcast player to visitors who may not have one. It’s just saves a step in the […]

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PSUFA Celebrates 30 Years–and teaches us some lessons…

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In Portland, Oregon the Portland State University Faculty Association is 30 years old. I came across an article about the recent salary negotiations conducted by the union on behalf of the school’s part-time faculty. Interestingly, the union only represents part-time faculty who teach .50 FTE or less. (Those with appointments above .50 FTE are represented […]

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Monday Morning Musings

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Listen to my blog entry here. I just spent a very lively hour or so chatting with the President of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Dr. Cary Nelson. We chatted about his previous term, re-election bid, AAUP’s restructuring, tenure and, of course, part-time faculty. Look for the Podcast interview in April, shortly before […]

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Through the Looking Glass and into the National Labor College

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I was reading about the National Labor College (oh, don’t even ask me why), and I came upon this information on the AFT website: FACULTY: 10 full-time and 30 adjunct/part-time. Part-time faculty voted for AFT representation in November 2007. I missed coverage of that union drive in the November 2007 issue of AFT’s newspaper On […]

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Unemployment 101

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One of the Caped Crusaders of adjunct activism, Mr. Joe Berry, along with his equally hard-working colleagues Beverly Stewart, and Helena Worthen, have put together a detailed booklet explaining the procedure for part-time faculty to file for unemployment between semesters. Part-time faculty who are not guaranteed teaching work from one semester to the next are, […]

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Identity Theft & the AAUP Elections

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Listen to my blog entry here. Did your heart stop when you read the title of the blog entry? Mine would have stopped, as well, had it been the truth. Over at the American Association of University Professors, it’s election season. The candidates for the presidency are Dr. Cary Nelson and Mr. Thomas E. Guild, […]

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