11th Biannual Conference in New York City, Aug. 2014
Dear AFT Local 1839 Brothers and Sisters:
The holiday season is upon us, and I would like to extend my deepest wishes to all of you for a joyous and loving one for you and your entire family. Please also remember that this is a time to reach out and help those who are less fortunate. Giving back and contributing is the true the foundation upon which unions were built, and what we are still about today.
Forget minimum wage, some adjunct professors say they're making 50 cents an hour. Wait till you read these stories. (article by MATT SACCARO at Salon.com) http://www.salon.com/2014/09/21/professors_on_food_stamps_the_shocking_true_story_of_academia_in_2014/
5100+ Adjunct Faculty and supporters protest poor wages and job conditions
New York, NY, July 30, 2014: A small group of writers and activists has launched a petition to David Weil, the new head of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, to investigate the wages and employment conditions of adjunct faculty in American higher education. Since its launch on July 11, the site at Change.org (http://tinyurl.com/ovfq23d) has gathered over 5,100 signatures from adjuncts, tenure-track faculty, students, parents, concerned citizens, and at least two academic administrators... read MORE
This week, at the suggestion of Asheenia Johnson, the Local donated two full boxes of canned and non-perishable food to “The Sharing Place” in Jersey City. Below is a short thank you message from Jim Nelson, Executive Director of the Sharing Place.
It was a pleasure meeting you and Sam on Wednesday afternoon. I look forward to exploring additional ways in which The Sharing Place can collaborate with you in your various capacities on campus, and NJCU's commitment to engagement in the community. All the best as the campus celebrates graduation on Thursday, and adjusts to the rhythm of Summer Session and campus life with fewer students around.
Meanwhile, "Save-the-date" for Sunday afternoon, June 29 from 5:00-7:00, for the next in our series of free Community Dinners in the St Paul Lutheran Church Community Hall. The table conversations will build upon the dinner experiences in February and April, when we used haiku and conversation to talk about resilience in the aftermath of Super-storm Sandy, and insights concerning building community.
697 ballots were mailed to eligible voters. The total number of 159 votes (71 full-time and part-time faculty, 54 adjunct faculty, 13 A. Harry Moore School, and 21 Professional Staff and Librarians) were received and counted in the presence of observers and election committee.