AFT Adjunct/Contingent Faculty Caucus

Dear UPI Instructors:

AFT has formed a caucus for Instructors. Check out this message from NEIU/UPI 4100 member Lydia Snow and come to the membership meeting today, BBH 101, 3:00-4:00 to hear more.

Part time and Full time Instructors please consider joining our AFT Adjunct/Contingent Faculty Caucus!

This group has been working tirelessly to build a bigger support network for part-time contingent faculty represented by our union. I have been a part of that effort and please join us by following the links to the new website and adding your information! Thank you!

Lydia Snow

Rom Bill Lipkin, Caucus President:

“Good morning fellow adjunct/contingent faculty colleagues,

If you are reading this it means we made it to 2017! For some of us that in itself is an accomplishment. I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and we are all ready to get back to work, if you have not already started.

We hope to have some great news coming out over the next few weeks and I want to introduce everyone, once again, to our website. It is still a work in progress, but there are several items and links on there. You can find the website at

You will find our Twitter feed there- @AFT_ACC and a link to our Facebook page- AFTAdjunctContingentCaucus. More information will be added over the next few weeks.

Also, our By-laws Revision Committee, chaired by Anne Wiegard and including David Milroy, Jodi Monday, Ben Harder, Jennie Shanker and me, has just about finished a massive revision of our By-laws. The revision will be sent to the Executive Board this week for a recommendation (or not), and then will be sent to the members for a ratification vote. The committee met numerous times and considered many changes before the final document has been completed. Anne has done an exceptional job in leading the committee in an organized and efficient manner in order to get the necessary changes on paper. You will hear more about this in the coming weeks.

On the top of our webpage is a button- ‘Join Us’. If you are receiving this you are already a member, and I am asking each of you to send the website link to some of your colleagues and ask them to join. It only takes a couple of minutes and at present there are no dues required. We need to increase our membership so we can have more recognition within AFT.

Our Communications Committee also deserves kudos for getting the website up (thanks to John Govsky and Debra Jenks), and thanks to Caucus Secretary Jennie Shanker for getting us started on Twitter and Facebook. Caucus VP Geoff Johnson is heading our Organizing Committee and Caucus Treasurer is heading the Finance Committee. If anyone is interested in serving on either of those committees, please let me know and I will get your information to the respective chairs.

Good luck in the new semester and you will hear from us again soon.

Bill Lipkin, President
AFT Adjunct/Contingent Faculty Caucus