Resolutions on Contingent Faculty passed at the annual business meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

My friend Les Perelman, inventor of the Babel Generator, reports that the national Conference on College Composition and Communication passed the following resolutions at the CCCC Annual Business Meeting held on Saturday, April 9, 2016, in Houston.

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Resolution 3

Whereas the Indianapolis Resolution, a collaboratively drafted resolution reenvisioning the Wyoming Resolution, provides a needed response to unfair labor practices experienced by contingent labor and other writing instructors;

Whereas the majority of postsecondary writing instruction is the responsibility of contingent labor who need and deserve the support of our professional organization; and 

Whereas, as of March 2016, the Indianapolis Resolution has received well over 300 endorsements, including current members of the Conference on College Composition and Communication Executive Committee and several other former members and officers;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that:

  • We ask that the chair commit to appointing a member to an interorganizational labor board in keeping with Section A of the Indianapolis Resolution.
  • We ask CCCC to work with relevant committees, task forces, and the general membership to mentor graduate students and contingent faculty on the realities of our labor conditions.
  • We ask CCCC journal editors and convention organizers to encourage labor-oriented research in keeping with Section C of the Indianapolis Resolution.

Resolution 4

Whereas the contingent status of an increasing cadre of writing instructors is seemingly entrenched in our institutions; and 

Whereas advocates for contingent writing faculty often need support on an ad hoc basis; 

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Conference on College Composition and Communication dedicate a liaison for contingency issues (e.g., fair labor standards, unemployment insurance claims, legal issues related to hiring/nonrenewals).

Resolution 5

Whereas contingent faculty often receive low pay for their work and are often precluded from summer teaching;

Whereas contingent faculty may lose teaching assignments at the last minute, thus making it impossible to find replacement work; and

Whereas many universities and unemployment offices invoke “reasonable assurance of continued employment” as grounds to deny unemployment claims between academic terms;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Conference on College Composition and Communication Chairperson issue a statement affirming that faculty on contingent appointments do not have “reasonable assurance of continued employment.”

Resolution 6

Whereas the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) collects employment data for tenure-track/tenured (TT/T) faculty but much less systematically for non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty; and

Whereas more complete employment data for NTT faculty improve advocacy efforts at the department, college, campus, and national levels;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Conference on College Composition and Communication call for NCES to reinstate the National Survey of Postsecondary Faculty (and to collect the same employment data through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) for part­time and full­time NTT faculty as it does for TT/T faculty.

Resolution 7

Whereas laws such as the Affordable Care Act and the Public Student Loan Forgiveness Act stipulate minimum number of hours worked per week in order to determine eligibility based on guidelines that institutions sometimes use to report actual hours to the IRS and Department of Labor; and

Whereas CCCC is best positioned to articulate the ratio of in-class/out-of-class hours worked based on research and best practices in writing instruction;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Conference on College Composition and Communication articulate a minimum acceptable ratio of in-class/out-of-class hours worked for the purposes of calculations to determine eligibility for both health insurance and public student loan forgiveness.

[The Indianapolis Resolution can be found at http://www.compositionist.net/indianapolis-resolution.html]

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