By Josh Brokaw The Ithaca College contingent faculty union is planning a strike and has filed federal charges of illegal union busting activity by the IC administration. After a bargaining session held on March 8 and another, emergency, session the morning of Thursday, March 9. A tweet by the @ICContingent Twitter account sent early Thursday afternoon said “We have seen no movement whatsoever from the administration. We will #strike on March 28th and 29th.” Read More: Feb 15: Ithaca College Faculty Authorizes Strike March 2:…Continue Reading “Ithaca College Union Plans Strike, Alleges Union Busting by IC Admin”

By Josh Brokaw Cornell Graduate Students United presented a petition with more than 1,200 signatures in support of their organizing effort to Cornell administration on Wednesday, March 8. After three years of organizing, CGSU will be holding a vote for union recognition by the time of Cornell’s spring break, which starts April 1. According to organizers with the American Federation of Teachers and New York State United Teachers, the union affiliated with CGSU, the 1,200-plus signatures are all graduate students and that number is a…Continue Reading “Cornell Grad Workers Filing for Union Election”

By Josh Brokaw “Cornell has many large auditoriums and is dedicated to serving the community,” thought the reporter as he hurried across campus on a windy, below-freezing day in February. “Surely Cornell knows that hundreds of people in this extremely liberal town will want to see a man who has been living in front of Democracy Now! microphones for months on end … “Cornell let a man who sells cleaning supplies talk at that nice big Statler Auditorium,” the reporter continued inner-monologuing to himself earnestly…Continue Reading “Too Few Seats at Cornell For Dave Archambault of Standing Rock”

By Josh Brokaw Since Truthsayers last checked on the first contract battle between Ithaca College’s administration and its contingent faculty union, the two parties have come a bit closer on key proposals while tensions over tactics have increased. On Monday, Feb. 20, and Friday, Feb. 24, contingent faculty members of SEIU Local 200, members of other local unions, and other folks demonstrated by Ithaca College’s entrance and marched onto campus in actions organized by the Tompkins County Workers’ Center. Support more Truthsaying reporting with a…Continue Reading “Ithaca College Admin, Faculty Union Ramp Up Pressure in Negotiating Fight”

By Josh Brokaw Members of the Ithaca College faculty union voted to authorize any action up to and including a strike on Tuesday, Feb. 14, as the union continues to negotiate a first contract with the Ithaca College administration. The bargaining committee for Ithaca College’s chapter of SEIU Local 200 is made up of 10 instructors who are hired either on a part-time (semester-long) and full-time contingent (year-long) contract basis. Part-time faculty voted to join SEIU 200 in May 2015; the full-time contingent faculty joined…Continue Reading “Ithaca College Faculty Votes to Authorize Strike, Questions Contracts Going Unrenewed”

Ithaca media had an email in their inboxes on Tuesday morning announcing that Ithaca College’s part-time and full-time contingent faculty union is going to hold a strike authorization vote on Feb. 13 and 14. A majority vote to authorize the strike would give the faculty’s bargaining committee, made up of about 10 members, the power to call a strike. Negotiations with Ithaca College administrators are next scheduled for Feb. 21 and Feb. 24. The authorization vote doesn’t mean “there would be a date set” for…Continue Reading “Ithaca College Faculty Call Strike Authorization Vote”

Santa Claus himself gets less plaudits for generosity than Cornell bestowed upon Herbert Fisk Johnson III [Cornell‘79 M.Eng. ’80, M.S. ’82, MBA ’84, Ph.D. ’86] earlier this week. “Fisk” gave a record $150 million gift to name Cornell’s recently created College of Business after his great-great-grandfather SC Johnson, creator of “A Family Company,” the maker of Glade®, Pledge®, Windex®, Mr. Muscle®, OFF!®, RAID®, Kiwi®, and many other brand-name household compounds. Johnson’s father, Samuel Curtis Johnson Jr., named the Cornell school of business with a $20…Continue Reading “$150 Million Buys Lots of Laughs”

Ithaca College students are back on campus, but some of their professors might not be teaching courses all the spring semester long. Winter break came and went without Ithaca College part-time and full-time contingent faculty signing a contract with the IC administration. The part-time faculty, who currently sign individual one semester contracts for $4,200 per course, have been negotiating with administration since November 2015 for a union contract; the full-time contingent faculty – that is, those who now work on one-year contracts – voted to…Continue Reading “Tenured Ithaca College Faculty Signal Support for Possible Strike”

By Josh Brokaw Ithaca College faculty members rallied at the South Hill’s campus Free Speech Rock on Wednesday, Oct. 19 to demand that the college’s trustees, who were having dinner inside the Emerson Suites, give them a fair contract. Ithaca College’s part-time faculty, who re-up their contracts semester to semester, voted to join SEIU Local 200 Faculty Forward in May 2015; the full-time contingent, who re-up every year, joined them in April 2016. The two groups are bargaining as one, and walked out of negotiations…Continue Reading “Ithaca College Faculty Union Wants Action [Mostly Photos!]”

By Josh Brokaw A series of “Community Conversations” about the Ithaca City School District kicked off at West Village on Monday, October 17. The uses of technology, graduation rates, problems of bias, and how to help your kids with Common Core mathematics were all brought up as concerns by the 10 or so adults in attendance who weren’t ICSD administrators or board members. Brown prompted the conversation by asking “How many folks know we’ve gone from a 78 percent graduation rate to 95 percent graduation…Continue Reading “Ithaca Schools: Chromebooks, Common Core Math Questioned at West Village”