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Fighting Academic Repression and Neoliberal Education

Resistance, Reclaiming, Organizing, and Black Lives Matter in Education

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Edited By Anthony J. Nocella II and Erik Juergensmeyer

Fighting Academic Repression and Neoliberal Education is a cutting-edge investigation of the alarming state of education today. This practical how-to handbook gives readers tactics and strategies to organize and challenge forces that threaten liberatory critical education. Drawn from scholars and activists from across the world, the fifteen chapters guide readers through a strategic method of understanding the academic industrial complex and corporate education in the twenty-first century. Education is being hijacked by banks and corporations that are tearing apart the foundational fabric of academic freedom, resulting in mass standardized education and debt for all students and furthering racial inequity. This is a must-read for anyone interested in democracy, education, social justice, critical pedagogy, and Black Lives Matter.

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10. One of the Best Contracts in the Nation? How Part-time Faculty Organized for a Collective Bargaining Agreement (Diana Vallera)

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CHAPTER  TEN

One of the Best Contracts in the Nation? How Part-time Faculty Organized for a Collective Bargaining Agreement

DIANA VALLERA

 

THE BACKGROUND STORY

It was a typical drive south from Evanston along Lake Shore Drive. Traffic was not too heavy at 9:30 in the morning. The waves of Lake Michigan offered a soothing contrast to the conversation with my grievance chair. She all but screamed, “they cannot do that” to which I replied “I know, but they are.” Incensed she stated, “it is a violation of section VII of the contract for Columbia College to assign a course in that manner.” Again, I stated emphatically, “I know but the administration does not seem to care so let’s talk about our options.” I then ask, “can you please write up the facts of this violation, cut and paste the section of the contract violated, reference the College’s past practices of course assignments and send it to me?” “Sure” she said in a tired voice, resigned by the situation.

I pull my car in the parking garage at Wabash and Harrison streets, gather my bags, and step out. Within seconds there are two men in black walking about three feet away. At first I feel alarmed and then remember the words of my friend Robert Bruno who reminds me that they only target you because you are an effective president of the part-time faculty...

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