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Members of the Graduate Student Employees Union/CWA 1104 (GSEU) and Adjuncts Instructors from the United University Professions (UUP) joined forces on Halloween for a Grade-In to raise awareness around their low wages and often unmanageable class sizes. GSEU & UUP members showed up to grade papers, review research and prep for their classes—all in an effort to remind President Jones and the entire SUNY Albany administration that Contingent Labor—Graduate & Teaching Assistant, as well as Adjunct labor, are essential to the function of our universities because contingent labor makes up about 39% of all credits taught at SUNY Albany.
"I am a GA teaching 120 students right now and I did the math, my stipend pays me $60 per student for the entire semester. Doesn’t the University at Albany administration think our students are worth more than that?" said Nicole D’Anna, GSEU Chief Steward & 4th year PhD student in Sociology
Contingent labor often teaches the foundational courses across departments, making them the first contact for undergraduates entering SUNY Albany, but they are compensated so poorly many take on second jobs.
Vincent Commisso, a Political Science adjunct in the process of writing his dissertation offered his experience of working at a nearby cafe while teaching, “I get paid more to make sandwiches for my students than I do to teach them in a college course. Our universities are broken.”When most folks think of university education, poverty-level wages for campus educators and support staff don’t come to mind but that’s what thousands of GTAs and Adjuncts are facing in the SUNY system. The average pay per course is $2,800 for adjuncts and around $13,000 per year for GTAs. The Self-Sufficiency Wage for 1 adult in Albany County is around $22,000.The event ran for 3 hours and the dozen or so folks who showed up during the first 30 minutes had taught nearly 3,000 students total in their time at SUNY Albany.
Photos of the “Warm Reception” Janet Napolitano has received from Students
The central Campus Equity Week activity planned by the New Paltz UUP chapter will be a three-hour forum titled: “Contingent Faculty at SUNY New Paltz: Where Are We Now?” The event will take place on Wednesday, October 30, from 9 AM to noon in Lecture Center 108 at the SUNY New Paltz campus.
Join the New Paltz UUP Chapter for their Campus Equity Week speak-out next Wednesday, 10/30!
Here at SUNY Albany, we will be making calls every Tuesday starting today until negotiations begin! We deserve a fair contract and it’s time for the state to come to the table and negotiate with us! Our contract has been expired since 2009 and we’re tired to waiting for raises and improvements to our working conditions.
No contract, no peace!
Next Tuesday! Don’t forget! No contract, no peace!
Marching through downtown Bentonville, and being “greeted” by police at Jim Walton’s house when #Walmartstrikers came to speak with him
Security officers with SEIU Local 1 in Chicago take to the streets in their fight for a fair contract!
I think the one-day strike at a couple of NYC’s fast food establishments is fascinating, not so much because the workers are likely to get their $15/hr wage demands (McDonalds management would sooner replace everyone with a burger flipping robot) but because of what it portends for the labor movement.
One of the my pet issues is that in the area of labor relations, everything a militant union might want to do is illegal, even if it had a ballsy leadership that was eager to organize/win concessions from employers.
Union-organized consumer boycotts are illegal under Taft-Hartley. Secondary strikes are illegal. That is, if the UFCW was bargaining with a supermarket to increase the wages of cashiers, it would be illegal for the Teamsters to stop making deliveries to the supermarket as a sympathy action. And it’s easy for the government to enforce these rules.
Why? Because, paradoxically, unions are also weak not because they too little, but because they have too much. When the proto-UAW conducted sit-down strikes at the factories in Flint, they had no banks accounts that could be seized by the DOJ and few other assets that could be taken by governments.
But today, if some UFCW local tries to organize a McDonalds by (say) organizing a consumer boycott, they threaten the entire union. One order from a judge and there go the assets it took years to build up. So unions are timid and law-abiding and, of course, dying.
So the interesting thing about the NYC fast food strike is that Fast Food Forward isn’t a union. (Though I have no idea where the money comes from; maybe they’re a front group. Which, clever!) And they’re not seeking an NLRB election to create a union. There isn’t anything to seize, no union officials to jail, no NLRA injunctions to be filed. It’s just a group of men and women who are fighting with their employer for better wages. It’s very retro and maybe the shape of things to come.
(Important note from quietlifeofdesperation, which I don’t think changes the basic points: “That’s interesting observations but I think it may be helped by the knowledge that these workers are being organized by New York Communities for Change which are funded essentially by the SEIU. And while they aren’t using the word union they *are* working to make a group that can bargain on their behalf.”)
Truth. Just look at your contracts.
Fast Food workers on strike!
114 Chicago Public schools are suffering the consequences of closure, consolidation, or co-location.
Closing or consolidating schools, especially in low income neighborhoods, directly contributes to increasing inequalities, and continues to perpetuate the idea that education is a privilege (one only awarded middle and upper class white youth) rather than a right. It is harmful to individuals and communities all over Chicago, and it is neoliberal bullshit.
The same caucus has been in power at UFT for over 50 years - but the way the union’s governing body is structured makes any opposition hard pressed to be successful.
Members of Culinary Union 226 in Las Vegas getting arrested on Las Vegas Blvd.
Is Albany listening?