The State has requested that we have one more mediation session before we enter fact finding, and we are meeting with The College on June 20. If you haven't yet sent a letter to President Sawyer, please take 2 minutes to click on the following link and send one today!
1. Click the Link
2. Find the "ADD YOUR RETURN ADDRESS/START WRITING" box (on your phone, it will be at the bottom of the page--on your computer, it will be to the right of the letter).
3. Fill out the "ADD YOUR RETURN ADDRESS" section and click "START WRITING."
4. A pre-written letter will appear. If you don't want to add additional content, all you have to do is sign it and click "SEND LETTER"--it's that quick and simple.
Collectively, our letters will send a strong message to The College and may potentially positively impact the results of our final mediation session on June 20.
Please take two minutes out of your day to participate in this IMPORTANT ACTION!
There's no Union without U!
Dear AFT Members,
While contingent and adjunct faculty across the nation are struggling, college and university administrators and endowments are prospering. It’s no surprise that in the past few weeks alone we’ve seen contingent and adjunct faculty speak up, form unions, and even go on strike as they demand equal pay and job security.
The AFT has been on the front line of this fight for equality for decades, and, as we continue to grow our union, we need to hear about your experiences in order to reflect the needs of our members.
Contingent faculty—including nontenure-track professors, adjuncts, lecturers and graduate employees—often feel the brunt of budget cuts and increasing workloads without increasing pay. Over the past 50 years, the use of academic workers facing contingent employment has skyrocketed. We know that as administrators try to cut labor costs, they’re also cutting the quality of our workplaces. That’s why we’re asking to hear your stories and experiences.
Please take 10-15 minutes to complete this survey and add your voice to the growing national narrative about the solutions we need if we hope to make the ideals of higher education sustainable.
We need to hear from you about your quality of work life so we can find the innovative solutions that will create real improvements.
In yesterday's response to President Sawyer's Letter, we asked for you to look for a call for an urgent action on behalf of our local.
We need all hands on deck to respond to President Sawyer and let him and the institution know that we are sticking with our union and that we will continue to move forward, demanding respect, equality, and fair, comparable compensation.
The following link contains our response that we sent you yesterday. To the right of the response is a section for you to send a direct letter to President Sawyer. It does contain a direct response the union would like to send President Sawyer; however, you have the opportunity to add to it if you would like.
Thank you again for your support. Together we will continue to demand the respect that we--76% of MCC's faculty--deserve!
AAFMCC Exec Brd
AAFMCC Bargain Team
If you haven't seen it yet, check out this recent Macomb Daily article:
"Standoff Between Macomb Community College and Adjuncts Enters Fact Finding" by Don Gardner.
AAFMCC just sent out the following email to all of your personal email addresses: "URGENT AAFMCC ACTION in Response to Macomb Daily Article."
Please read the email and take immediate action to help our cause!
Our second mediation meeting was held on Thursday, February 14, 2019, and after not meeting since January 9th, AAFMCC came to the table with fresh ideas for paid time off (PTO) and wages.
Unfortunately, even though it was Valentine’s Day, The College was not showing the love.
The College refused all of AAFMMC’s suggestions, and by doing so, The College continues to deny adjunct faculty the respect equity we deserve. The Bargaining Team will be meeting next week and will inform our members of our next move soon.
Meanwhile, AAFMCC is currently circulating a petition, requesting that The College pay us a wage that is comparable to what other adjuncts at local community colleges earn. Be on the lookout for our Organizer Nicholas Zastrow, as well as other members of the Bargaining Team, who are walking around campus and collecting signatures.
Now is the time for all of us to be seen and heard! Please sign the petition, encourage your colleagues to do the same, and if you have some time to help with the petition drive, please contact Nicholas (313-655-4815/
Sitting idly by with fingers crossed will not get The College's attention, but hopefully our voice, our presence, and our persistence will!
Today AAFMCC is at the Bargaining Table for Mediation Session #2.
We'll be sharing bargaining updates at several membership meetings during the first week of March. Details coming soon.