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 Bob Downing, AFT Washington Internal Organizer, who staffs the Contingent Faculty Issues Committee.
Use the U O ME chits to record unpaid time on work related projects. Send them to your administrators.
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.