USF Management: Stop Unfair Labor Practices Against Part Time Faculty

Donald Heller, Provost, University of San Francisco

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The USF Part Time Faculty Association asks you to sign the online petition below, telling Management at the University of San Francisco to STOP DISCRIMINATING against adjunct faculty; STOP RETALIATION for Union activity at the department, college, and university levels; and STOP CENSORING adjunct faculty.

USF Part Time Faculty Association, AFT Local 6590

USF Management:
Stop the Unfair Labor Practices Against Part Time Faculty!

  · Stop Discrimination against Part Time Faculty
  · Stop Retaliation against Part Time Faculty for Union activities
  · Stop Censorship of Part Time Faculty

Sign the petition below - and send a message directly to USF Provost Donald Heller: deheller@usfca.edu  with a copy to officers@usfptfa.org


STOP DISCRIMINATION against Part Time Faculty
“we’re not going to listen to a bunch of adjuncts.”
[USF Management during contract talks]

The current dispute with Management at the University of San Francisco started October 2018 when Management condoned discrimination against part time faculty by full time faculty in USF's Media Studies department, who voted to strip adjuncts of their right to attend all department meetings. After the department refused to discuss the issue with adjuncts or the Union, the Union Policy Board passed a Resolution for USF Media Studies to Reinstate Participation Rights of Part Time Faculty (available:  https://bit.ly/2NyiRRL )

Management then escalated a situation that began with its own failure to provide appropriate oversight to Management “designees” -- by retaliating against Union officers and PTFA members.


STOP RETALIATION against Part Time Faculty for Union activities
“We got rid of one Union president. We can get rid of another.”

[USF Management threats during contract talks]

USF Management continue to escalate a campaign of retaliation for Union activities against officers and members of the USF Part Time Faculty Association (PTFA), Local 6590 of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). In response, the Union has filed an Unfair Labor Practice with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against USF Management (available: usfptfa.org )

Union officers are also part time faculty (“adjuncts,” “contingent faculty”), and survive on the benevolence of Management and patronage of full time faculty who act as Management “designees” in their capacity as chairs and directors.


STOP CENSORSHIP of Part Time Faculty
"you will not be in attendance and presenting at the conference"

[USF Management banning the Union president from discussing Management reprisals and discrimination at conferences]

The PTFA Union president described the dispute with USF Management and full time faculty and the related critical issues of tenure, power, and privilege in a presentation proposed and accepted for the OURMedia conference of scholars and activists in Brussels, Belgium. The presentation: Checking Your Privilege: Challenging Tenured Faculty’s Hegemony Over the Majority Part-Timers in the Campus ‘Gig’ Economy. (available :http://mediaprof.org/om2019-brussels/index.html )

USF Management then forbade the Union president from attending or presenting at the conference. The November 2019 OURMedia conference theme is Mediactivist - Sholaractivism (available: https://lapij.ulb.ac.be/ourmedia2019_en/ )

In response, the Union has filed an Unfair Labor Practice with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against USF Management (available: usfptfa.org)


Ironically, as a Jesuit institution ostensibly embracing progressive social values, USF's motto is Change the World from Here. USF Management does not seem to believe this applies to USF part-time faculty or Union leaders who attempt to address, or even discuss, inequities within higher education, including our distinguished and beloved institution, the University of San Francisco.

SIGN THE PETITION
Tell USF Management:
Stop the Unfair Labor Practices Against Part Time Faculty

    · Stop Discrimination against Part Time Faculty

  · Stop Retaliation against Part Time Faculty for Union activities
  · Stop Censorship of Part Time Faculty

Sign the petition below - and send a message directly to USF Provost Donald Heller: deheller@usfca.edu  with a copy to officers@usfptfa.org


Federal Labor Law regards petition signing relative to employer/employee relations
as an activity that is legally protected from retaliation by the employer.

University of San Francisco Part Time Faculty Association, AFT Local 6590

To: Donald Heller, Provost, University of San Francisco
From: [Your Name]

Dear Provost Heller,

We urge you to work with officers and members of the USF Part Time Faculty Association (PTFA), AFT Local 6590, in a manner consistent with Jesuit values of social justice and USF’s mission.

STOP DISCRIMINATING against adjunct faculty; STOP RETALIATION for Union activity at the department, college, and university levels; and STOP CENSORING adjunct faculty.

Provost Heller, social justice begins at home. Please respect part time faculty at USF for the benefit of USF students, faculty, and University communities. USF should engage in authentic discussions to resolve differences between Management and the Union.