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I've got carpenters coming here tomorrow morning to give me estimates on some unexpected work (holes in walls and ceiling made by a plumber to repair a big leak), so I won't be there for the "brainstorming" session. I do have some ideas, though.

In higher education, one of the things happening all over the place is the decrease in the number of full-time tenured faculty members, who are being replaced by part-time "adjuncts" who are paid sweatshop wages, receive no health or retirement benefits, have no offices. Even as this proceeds, college and university administrations are characterized by what has been called "administrative bloat." Quinnipiac for years had a single vice president; in less than a decade, that number has increased sixfold. I've called this the "corporatization" of higher education. The plight of these adjunct faculty is something crying out for attention, and may provide an opportunity to do some organizing ... an issue that has been addressed formally by the AFT in its Statement on Part-Time Faculty Employment as well as their First Principles document. The way to proceed would necessitate the active cooperation of any existing bargaining units of full-time faculty, to persuade them that they should embrace the cause of the adjuncts, and include them in any such existing bargaining unit.

I remain very interested in the issue of technology, in particular telecommunications, and I think that CFEPE is badly trailing other organizations, as is obvious when one just has a look at the list of AFT affiliated site URLs at their own site. There is nothing preventing CFEPE from going online, soliciting email addresses from our members who have them, and publishing online a great deal that is now going out via what has come to be called "snail mail." We can still use the US postal service to your heart's delight, but for free we can also use another medium which is both faster and cheaper. All that's needed is some commitment to do so. Anything that is written with the major word processors (like Wordperpect and Microsoft's Word) can readily be converted into HTML for publication on the Internet. Why are we not doing it? By way of example, I've taken the AFT's publication called Teaming Up With Technology, which was written with Microsoft Word, and converted it into HTML. It took me about about a half hour. It's now published it at the fledgling CFEPE Internet page which (I might add) has elicited no comment whatever.

Dennis