Mills College Adjunct Union Weekly Update 12/5


Weekly Mills College Union Update

In this update:

  • Union Elections
  • Bargaining Update
  • Union presentation on Mills Finances
  • End of term social with Bay Area adjuncts on December 6

Union Elections

This summer, in response to the unilateral cuts and changes instituted by the administration, the Mills adjunct union convened an interim bargaining team so as to enter immediately into negotiations for a contract and thus establish clear legal protections for our members. The intent has always been that this team truly be interim, and so we will need to begin the process of nominations and elections for a permanent barging team. If you would like to nominate any member(s) (including yourself!) for a position on the bargaining team please respond to this email with

1)   Name of  nominate(s) to the Bargaining Team (including self-nominations)

2)   Email or phone number of nominee(s)

3)   Department and Division of nominee(s)

For further information on what being on the bargaining team entails in terms of workload and commitment, please email Stephanie Young at Among the proposals presented last week one includes full or partial course releases for union work.

We hope to gather nominations over the next two months and hold a membership meeting and election in January once the spring term begins. 

Mills Bargaining Update

The final bargaining session of the semester will take place on Monday, December 15, 1-4pm, at the GSB. All union members are welcome to attend. The session will focus on continued discussion and negotiation of the proposals we submitted last month, and we expect the administration to present counter-proposals.


You should have received a notice of the current contract proposals in the mail. If you would like to see a a full summary of union proposal submitted, please click here or contact Stephanie Young ( for details.


Union presentation on Mills Finances

At our last member meeting on December 3, SEIU1021 researcher Peter Mancina gave a powerpoint presentation on the current state of Mills College finances, for a gathering of adjuncts, tenured and tenure-track faculty, and students. If you are interested in seeing the powerpoint, please reply to this email requesting the presentation. We hope to have Peter visit another membership meeting in the spring with updated numbers once Mills releases its FY14 audit.


End of term social with Bay Area adjuncts

Saturday, December 6, 6-8, Kal’s Robot Warehouse, 1043 Marin St., SF


The SFAI Visiting Faculty union invites adjuncts from across the Bay Area to an end of the semester social. Join contingent faculty from SFAI, Mills College, CCA, St Mary’s College and Dominican University for a gathering and celebration, with robots that spit flames and stuff.


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 future updates. If you want to be added to the Mills NTT union ‘in-house’ Google-group discussion list, please email

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!