Belabored Podcast #157: What’s a Strike and How Can I Help?

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In a special panel discussion, Sarah speaks with three strike veterans about what it takes to walk off the job, build community support—and win.

Janus v. Democracy

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The Janus decision is a significant setback for democracy. What should public-sector workers do now?

Belabored Podcast #150: Lessons Learned on the Picket Line

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As education strikes continue to rock the country, we talk with two striking workers—Ian Bradley Perrin, a graduate employee at Columbia University, and Arizona teacher Noah Karvelis.

Loyola’s Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Strike

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Non-tenure-track faculty at Loyola University Chicago went on strike this morning, after two years of negotiations between between their union (Service Employees International Union Local 73 Branch, which they joined in 2016) and the university’s administration.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

The two sides last met for negotiations in a marathon session Monday. Representatives for the union and the university said there has been significant progress in recent weeks but ultimately an agreement could not be brokered before the deadline.

Rebecca Scott, an instructor at Loyola who earned her PhD there, is one of several philosophers who have been involved in the negotiations. She writes:

We came very close to reaching a deal, having come to an agreement on compensation and a number of other issues. But at the last minute the administration inserted a management rights clause that we felt undermined the contract as a whole. Other sticking points include the lack of a path to permanent employment for adjuncts and NTTs with one year contracts, and an attempt by the administration to weaken the union by not allowing dues to be deducted directly from unionized faculty pay checks.

Picketing began this morning and there is a campus rally planned for noon, according to the Tribune, which spoke with some of the faculty:

Alyson Paige Warren, an adjunct instructor in the English department, said Loyola’s bargaining team showed little urgency to work out a contract agreement until the union announced a potential strike date in February. Since then the two sides have met four times. “We would have loved to have gotten this done quietly and we would have loved if we could have gotten this done in under two years,” Warren said. “But we can no longer afford to wait, we can no longer afford to be patient.”…

Warren said adjuncts at Loyola are paid between $4,000 and $4,500 per course and it is common for such instructors to have appointments at other universities or other jobs to make ends meet. Adjunct instructors are employed by contract on a semester-to-semester basis, making it impossible to plan for long-term work and income.

“Last year we didn’t find out until May whether our appointments would be renewed,” said Sarita Heer, who teaches art history. “By May, jobs are already gone.”

More here and here.

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Compare and contrast

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People say Jeremy Corbyn is a weak leader, but which shows stronger leadership? This? Or this? Govnt must apologise to junior doctors & negotiate a fair deal that gets our #NHS working again #JuniorDoctorsStrike — Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) January 12, 2016 I know which I prefer.