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Posted: April 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

Faculty,

A friend and English Department colleague wrote the below piece.  It is the most moving writing I’ve read in a long time.  It is honest.  It is poetry, actually.  This part-time faculty member has said more here about the lives and vulnerabilities of part-timers than a hundred committee reports and sympathetic articles and persuasive emails have.

Please listen to her.

Strapped for time.
Stressed out.
Freeway flying.
Cynical.
Barely making ends meet, so more stress.
Wondering whether next semester will yield any assignments.
Afraid of being bumped.
Afraid of being cancelled at the last minute.
Scrambling after having an assignment cancelled.
Filling in application after application, sometimes just to keep a part-time assignment.
Never getting interviewed for full-time positions.
Tired.
Exhausted.
Worried.
Disenfranchised.
Alone.
Disconnected.
Uncared for or about.
Officeless.
Some even homeless.
No connections with campus or administration or colleagues.
Desiring to help students outside class but unable to do so and be paid.
Paid 60% what a full-timer makes per hour if we’re lucky.
Forced to pay a union that doesn’t really represent us.

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Please Note

Posted: April 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

Dear Faculty,

I thought that this might be a good way to communicate to all of you since I have recently heard from a number of you.

Since I’ve been out of union office since 2008, I have gladly volunteered my time to help countless faculty with grievances, terminations, contract questions, etc. because those faculty chose to not be represented by the union and signed waivers to that effect.

Now that I am an attorney, I still very much want to help you.  But, it will now have to be on a lawyer/client basis. While I am happy to say I have begun to acquire a good amount of legal work, I can and will make time for you on an individual basis.

Thanks for your understanding.

Marilyn

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