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Announcement: Conference on Contingent Academic L

CPFA Announces National Conference on
Contingent Academic Labor

January 12-14, 2001, San Jose, California

In association with the Coalition of
Contingent Academic Labor
(COCAL), which has sponsored earlier
conferences in Boston and New
York, the California Part-Time Faculty
Association (CPFA) is
organizing the third national COCAL
conference, the first such
conference on the West Coast.

The American Association of University
Professors (AAUP), UC-AFT
Lecturers, and the CFA Lecturer Caucus are
already committed as
co-sponsors of the conference, with
additional major academic and
labor group sponsors to be announced shortly.

The formation of NAFFE, the National
Alliance For Fair Employment,
the recent Government Accounting Office
(G.A.O) report on
contingent labor and related legislation
sponsored by Senator
Kennedy of Massachusetts, successful
organizing efforts in
Massachusetts, California and Washington,
and the impressive
Action 2000 (A2K) statewide efforts in
California community colleges
indicate the clear emergence of contingent
labor issues onto the
national agenda.

Among those expected to speak and/or lead
breakout groups are
Jane Buck, newly elected President of the
AAUP, Rich Moser,
organizer for the AAUP, Gary Zabel who
helped organize the
successful efforts at UMass Boston, and Joe
Berry, organizer in the
Chicago area. Also expected will be state
and national legislators,
representatives from NAFFE and other
contingent labor
organizations, and a few surprises.

The conference will kick off plans for a
National Equity Week,
modeled on the A2K effort that collected
40,000 petition signatures
from 86 California community college
campuses. It will showcase the
successful organizing game plans used in
Boston, Washington,
Chicago and elsewhere, and explore progress
in non-academic areas
of contingent labor, both for the lessons
that can be learned and the
strategic alliances that can be formed.

The conference is thus likely to be the
agenda-setter for a true
national breakthrough for contingent labor.
Future announcements
will set out the complete agenda and
speaker list, conference fees,
and housing and transportation information.

For further information, to contribute
ideas and/or suggested
speakers for the conference, and/or to join
the Advisory Committee,
please contact:

Mary Ellen Goodwin
Conference Steering Committee Chair, CPFA

Chris Storer
Executive Council Chair, CPFA

Martin M. Goldstein
Public Relations Director, CPFA

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