Mills College Adjunct Union Weekly Update 10/30

10/26/14 - 11/1/14

Weekly Mills College Union Update

The interim bargaining team is ready to present economic proposals to the administration on November 10th. Please come to the member meeting next Tuesday to hear about the specifics and ask questions, give feedback and suggestions, etc. If you can’t make the meeting and would like to see the proposals the union will be presenting for our first contract, please contact Stephanie Young, bargaining team member, at, for details.

Next General Membership Meeting:

Tues, November 4, 1-3pm, Faculty/Staff Lounge (Tea Room). Snacks provided. Come and discuss contract proposals (covering things like pay, job security, governance, evaluation and career advancement, etc) that the bargaining team will be submitting to the Administration on Nov. 10.


Next Bargaining Session:

Mon, November 10, 1-4pm, location TBA. Look for updates soon as to how you can come out and show support for the union as we formally present our proposals!


Bargaining Update

At our most recent session (10/8) the bargaining team met for the first time with Dave Donahue, the interim provost, along with Tammi Jackson and Natasha Baker, the lawyer representing the College. We were saddened to hear of Provost Kimberley Phillips health concerns, but look forward to continued collegiality and productive conversation with the interim Provost. The bulk of this session was spent reviewing updated and new spring contracts (which were sent on Monday August 27 from the Provost's Office-if you are expecting a contract and haven't yet received one, please let us know!)

We also heard and responded to clarifying questions regarding our initial proposals, which present basic or "boilerplate" language on things such as union recognition, preamble, definitions, union security, non-discrimination & labor management committee. We look forward to receiving the College's counter on these proposals at our next session on November 10, when we will also present the crucial proposals on job security, compensation, health and other benefits, non-tenured faculty's role in institutional service, and professional development. We have been hard at work drafting these proposals, and are grateful to everyone who has contributed ideas and feedback. If you haven't had a chance to hear about these proposals and share your thoughts, we hope to see you at General Membership Meeting on

Tues, November 4, 1-3pm or feel free to get in touch with Stephanie Young, bargaining team member, at, for details.


Ways to Get Involved

This is a crucial time in contract negations and we want to be as organized and involved as possible. One way to get involved is to join our Communications Action Network (CAN). The CAN supports the union by informing, mobilizing in support of union negotiations and other relevant issues.  The CAN includes Department Point Persons, who are responsible for sharing the latest bargaining updates, collecting input from adjuncts about issues and ultimately getting others involved through a variety of events/actions. Another way to get involved is participating on the Bargaining Team. The Bargaining Team crafts contract language and negotiates directly with administration. The team is always looking for new members. You can join at any time.

Please reply to this email if you would like to get involved or want more information about becoming a member of the Bargaining Team or Communications Action Network, or Department Point Person.


Sign and share the petition!

Please add your name and share the link to allies both at Mills and elsewhere. We need to show the administration the wide breadth of support for adjuncts at Mills!



Ongoing: Open Office Hours!

Ask questions, get information and become involved.


Tuesdays 11:30-1:00: (and by appointment) David Buuck, Union member, Mills Hall 348.


Thursdays 1:00-2:30: (and by appointment) Stephanie Young, Union member, Mills Hall 317.


Wednesdays 12:00-1:00: SEIU Union Office Hours. Rothwell Faculty/Staff Lounge. Drop by and meet Union representatives.


The Weekly Mills College Union Update goes out every week. The goal of these updates is to communicate the latest news and events with the entire Mills College membership in order to foster an informed and transparent Union culture.

If you have comments that you would like to share with fellow Mills Union members, please let us know and we will include it in the “Open Forum” in future updates. If you want to be added to the Mills NTT union ‘in-house’ Google-group discussion list, please email

You can also follow MillsAction, a new group of students, alum, faculty and staff, on Facebook at, as they work alongside the union to help support adjuncts and organize around related issues at Mills.

And remember: better working conditions for teachers = better learning conditions for students!

In Solidarity,

The Mills College Communications Action Network (CAN) – A group of Mills College NTT Union members dedicated to supporting the union by informing, mobilizing and building power amongst the membership during and beyond contract negotiations. Anyone is welcome to join the CAN. Please let us know if you are interested in helping out!