One Union For All Faculty
As WCC faculty members, adjuncts are represented by the WCCFT. Schedules, working conditions, and compensation are determined by the provisions of a contract negotiated between the union and the College. The union represents adjuncts whether or not they are enrolled members; a fee to cover this representation is automatically deducted from adjunct pay, and that fee is the same whether or not a faculty member joins–but the fee itself does not make anyone a member. As a member, you can attend monthly meetings and participate in discussions of issues facing faculty; participate on union committees, help determine the union’s goals in contract negotiations, and vote on acceptance of tentative contract agreements; vote on measures taken by the union and vote for union officers; meet and talk to part- and full-time colleagues from across the WCC campuses. If you don’t know whether you are a member, you may contact WCCFT Secretary Rowan Lindley at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply complete the online membership enrollment form http://www.sunywccft.org/membership-form/ .
The WCCFT Adjunct Committee
The WCCFT Adjunct Committee’s mission is to insure that union members who are part-time employees have a voice within the union. The committee’s goals include recruiting more adjunct voting members, strengthening adjunct job security, and, in general, making the union a partner for addressing adjunct challenges and improving adjunct working conditions. Log in the view the minutes of past Adjunct Committee meetings under Minutes & Agendas.
Some helpful links for adjuncts:
The AFT’s “best practices” for contingent faculty: http://www.aft.org/about/resolution_detail.cfm?articleid=218
AFT publications about academic staffing (full-time/part-time): http://www.aftface.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=428&Itemid=96
The Delphi Project’s website (they connect to administrators as well as faculty about addressing the “contingentization” crisis): http://www.thechangingfaculty.org/
The New Faculty Majority site: http://www.newfacultymajority.info/national/