USF Management: Stop Discrimination-Retaliation-Censorship of/against Part Time Faculty

USF Interim Provost Cannon, President Fitzgerald; CAS Deans Camperi, Fung, Balls-Organista

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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; and STOP RETALIATING for Union activity at the department, college, and university levels; and STOP CENSORING adjunct faculty. Stop wasting student tuition dollars on lawyers!

USF Part Time Faculty Association, AFT Local 6590

USF President Fitzgerald, Interim Provost Cannon; Deans Camperi, Fung, and Balls-Organista:
· Stop Discrimination against Part Time Faculty
  · Stop Retaliation against Part Time Faculty for Union activities
· Stop Censorship of Part Time Faculty
· Stop Wasting Student Tuition Dollars on Lawyers!

Sign the petition below - and send a message directly to USF Interim Provost Tyrone Cannon (cannont@usfca.edu), President Paul Fitzgerald (pjfitzgerald@usfca.edu), CAS Deans Marcelo Camperi (camperi@usfca.edu), Fung (fung@usfca.edu), and Balls-Organista (organistap@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 and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) 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: usfPTFA.org "Resolution").

CAS 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 and CAS 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 "NLRB").

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"

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

The PTFA Union president described the dispute with USF and CAS 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: usfPTFA.org "Checking Your Privilege").

CAS Management then forbade the Union president from attending or presenting at the conference.

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



STOP WASTING STUDENT TUITION DOLLARS ON LAWYERS!

Management talks about a fiscal crisis at USF. How much of this is caused by oppressive   policies and practices that violate the USF Mission and Values and threaten the lives and well-being of some of the most vulnerable in our community: part time faculty?

Instead of paying USF lawyers tens of thousands of dollars to fight against part time faculty and the PTFA, USF and CAS Management should sit down and resolve differences civilly, guided by our Mission and Values. Management promised to do this -- then reneged on the promise. DIALOGUE OVER DOLLARS TO LAWYERS!



Ironically, as a Jesuit institution ostensibly embracing progressive social values, USF's motto is Change the World from Here. USF and CAS Management do 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 President Fitzgerald, Interim Provost Cannon; Deans Camperi, Fung, and Balls-Organista:
· Stop Discrimination against Part Time Faculty
· Stop Retaliation against Part Time Faculty for Union activities
· Stop Censorship of Part Time Faculty
· Stop Wasting Student Tuition Dollars on Lawyers!

Sign the petition below - and also send a message directly to USF Interim Provost Tyrone Cannon (cannont@usfca.edu), President Paul Fitzgerald (pjfitzgerald@usfca.edu), CAS Deans Marcelo Camperi (camperi@usfca.edu), Fung (fung@usfca.edu), and Balls-Organista (organistap@usfca.edu), with a copy to officers@usfptfa.org


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


Note to USF and CAS Management:
Federal Labor Law regards petition activity relative to employer/employee relations
as an activity that is legally protected from retaliation by the employer.


"Academics may cast themselves as hardened opponents of dominant norms and constituted power, but their rituals of entitlement and fiendish loyalty to established networks of caste and privilege undermine that critical pose."
Marzoni, Andrew. "Academia is a Cult,” The Washington Post, 1 Nov 2018

To: USF Interim Provost Cannon, President Fitzgerald; CAS Deans Camperi, Fung, Balls-Organista
From: [Your Name]

Dear President Fitzgerald, Interim Provost Cannon, and CAS Deans Marcelo, Fung, Balls-Organista:

We strongly 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. STOP WASTING STUDENT TUITION DOLLARS ON LAWYERS to fight against part time faculty and their Union!

President Fitzgerald, Interim Provost Cannon, and CAS Deans Camperi, Fung, and Balls-Organista: social justice begins at home. 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.