FOIAed Police Reports Show Washington Union Leader Impeded Police Investigation of Theft of Union Funds
by P.D. Lesko
At Green River Community College, located in a suburb of Seattle, Washington, adjuncts (303) make up the majority of the 443 faculty who teach at the two-year college. Between 2004-2010, an adjunct faculty member headed the Green River Community College United Faculty, a joint AFT-NEA local—the only joint AFT-NEA local in the state. Phil Ray Jack was elected, for all intents and purposes, by the full-time faculty to lead the local. Washington State union leaders have referred to Jack’s election and long-time stint as leader of the unified local, a “resounding success.” A part-time faculty member who was represented by Jack and UF for the years during which he led the union summed up his leadership quite differently.
“Phil Ray Jack (right) was an Uncle Tom,” says the adjunct who asked not to be identified out of fear of retaliation on the part of current UF leaders, many of whom are department chairs charged with hiring adjuncts and assigning classes. “Phil Jack did as he was told, and then was rewarded with a tenure-track job. He made sure equity money that should have gone to part-timers, went to full-timers teaching overload. He torpedoed legislation that would
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