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Campus Equity Week: Draft Final Conference Agenda

Pre-Conference Rally at Thompson Center (Il State Office Building), Randolph and Clark, Noon to 1PM. Rally to call for passage of various bills in state legislature giving equal rights to form unions and bargain collectively to community college part-time faculty, public university graduate employees, and Chicago City Colleges faculty.

Agenda for Metro Chicago CEW Conference, Friday, November 2, 2001, 2-7:30 PM, Harold Washington College, 30 East Lake Street, Chicago, IL.

1:30-2:00 PM: Registration

Plenary, Room 1107: 2:00 - 3:30

2:00 -2:10: Introductions and Welcomes
Chicago CEW Coalition - Liesl Orenic
AFT Local 1600, Harold Washington Chapter Chair Mike Ruggeri

2:10 -2:40
Barbara Wolf personally introduce new film, A Simple Matter of Justice, show partial section on contingent organizing and announce full showing with discussion in evening.

2:40-3:30: The State of the Organizing Movement: Local and National
Joe Berry from CEW Chicago CEW Coalition and Binational CEW Committee
Cary Nelson of UIUC and author of Will Teach for Food and Academic Keywords

3:30-3:45: Break

3:45-5:00: Workshops

Room 401: Working with Academic Discipline Organizations
Jocelyn Graff, (TESL) ITBE
David Slavin, (History) AHA/OAH
Luann Swartzlander, Midwest MLA

Room 402: Graduate Employee Organizing
Nicole McLaughlin, IFT
Kat McLellan, UIC-GEO

Room 403: Alliances with Tenured/Tenure Track Faculty
David Sayjak, President Elgin CC Federation of Teachers
Jamie Daniel, University of Illinois, Chicago

Room 404: Starting from Zero: How to Start Organizing on Your Campus
RAFO at Roosevelt, Liesl Orenic
NIU Local 4100/IFT, Sandy Flood

Room 405: Labor Laws: Knowing Your Rights
Tom Suhrbur, Organizer, IEA
Representative from IFT

Room Unconfirmed: Organizing Non-Credit Faculty
Representatives, including founding organizers, from AFSCME 3506, Adult Educators of Chicago City Colleges.

Plenary, Room 1107: 5:15-6:00

Discussion and vote: A Regional Strategy for Chicago: Continuing the Work of CEW

A Proposal for forming a Chicago Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor (Chicago COCAL)

Social and Refreshments: 6:00- 7:30

Full showing of A Simple Matter of Justice with filmaker Barbara Wolf present to answer questions and lead discussion.

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