It's getting close to summer and once again our members are faced with filing for unemployment benefits. For contingent faculty, it's not always easy. Here are some key points about applying from Wendy Rader-Konofalski, WEA Lobbyist, at a workshop she presented for AFT Washington members last year. If you have any questions, contact Richard Burton, AFT Washington Internal Organizer, who staffs the Contingent Faculty Issues Committee.
On July 1, 2014 AFT-UW English Language Faculty and the UW agreed on their first Collective Bargaining Agreement. The complete contract is available as a pdf file.
In 1996, and again in 2005, the legislature mandated that task forces be organized to study and recommend the Best Employment Practices for adjunct faculty. Recognizing that these reports are only affective insomuch as they are utilized by collective bargaining units to negotiate for improvements, we encourage local leaders to recognize that there are also Best Union Practices that can ensure that part-time and contingent faculty have a voice in the decisions that affect their working lives.
The State Board of Community and Technical Colleges maintains collective bargaining agreements on their website for faculty at community and technical colleges. You can find them at http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/college/_hr_faccollectivebargaining.aspx
Grants can be given to locals that need legal defense. One-third is paid by AFT Washington and one-third is paid by AFT.
A two-part report of the Best Practices Task Force mandated by the state legislature to recommend best practices for adjunct faculty personnel administration in colleges and universities.