NFM Congressional Briefings
January 24, 2014
The Education Commission of the States (ECS)-Postsecondary Faculty is an interstate compact created in 1965 to improve public education by facilitating the exchange of information, ideas and experiences among state policymakers and education leaders. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization involving key leaders from all levels of the education system, ECS creates unique opportunities to build partnerships, share information and promote the development of policy based on available research and strategies.
National Conference of State Legislatures – Education Bill Tracking Database
The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.
Federal Issues, Policies & Legislation
- Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Supports Contingent Faculty
- Petition to Tell Vice President Biden Not to Blame Adjuncts
- Petition to Tell Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to Change Occupational Outlook Handbook Description
- “Students’ Right to Know Before You Go” Bill
- Federal Student Loan Forgiveness
State Issues, Policies & Legislation
California Part-time Faculty Association spearheaded AB 591, which passed the state legislature and allows contingent faculty to teach 67%. CPFA currently advocates for AB 852, the due process, rehire rights bill and AB 383, limiting full-time faculty to 50% overloads.
- Community College Pay and Benefits Act of 2014, would have assured community colleges’ adjunct instructors seniority rights, some level of job security, and the same pay and benefits as full-timers per hour worked. In February 2014, it was approved by the Colorado State House of Representatives’ Committee on State, Veterans, and Military Affairs. In April 2014 it was defeated 9-4 by the House Appropriations Committee.
- The Colorado Conference of the AAUP spearheaded the passage of HB 12-1144 giving NTT faculty enforceable contracts. Read more: CO State Rep Randy Fisher on Legislation He Sponsored to Give NTT Faculty Enforceable Contracts
In Ohio part-time faculty at public institutions are excluded from the definition of employees eligible to bargain collectively. In 2010 legislation to change that law was introduced, though it did not pass. Similar legislation was introduced again in 2013.
- State legislators introduce bill that would give adjuncts collective bargaining rights, Ohio Part-Time Faculty Association website, March 8, 2013
- Ohio HB 365 to Give Part-Time Faculty the Right to Unionize
- Ohio SB 129 to Give Part-Time Faculty the Right to Unionize
- 2001 Letter from Keith Hoeller to AAUP regarding Washington state legislative efforts
- Washington State Senate Hearing on SB 5088 (2009)