The Union Stew 11/5

Dear Hamline Colleagues –

FOOD FIGHT! (Sort of.)

Tomorrow – Friday, November 6 – we launch our food drive in Anderson Center. Tabling (by MPIRG) begins at 2 p.m., with an official kick-off at 3 p.m. in the central forum on the first floor of Anderson.

This is a big deal, and I really hope that if you’re available at 3 p.m. you come down. Just being there (maybe wearing a button!) and being seen will carry weight on Friday. If any of you are interested in speaking let me know right away. (Please note: it would need to be short – 3 minutes max, and slots are limited so I’d need to hear from you quickly, including a brief sense of what you’d like to say. Maybe about your passion for teaching or the challenges of being an adjunct.)

There will be statements from tenured faculty, other adjuncts, students, and the union. Plus, in a rather surprising move, the administration informed MPIRG, the event host, that they also would also by sending a person to speak … first. So, we know we have their attention.

As I said in my last message, this Food Drive, with its focus on “doing good while pursuing good” has the potential to be a game-changer for us. The visual symbolism of $800 (457 pounds!) of food to display how much buying power we’ve lost over the past decade will be hard to ignore. It will hit both heads and hearts. I really hope you’ll participate in any way you can!

Of course, we’d love to have you join us for the food drive kick-off at 3 p.m. on Friday, November 6, in the central forum on the first floor of Anderson. But we’d also welcome your presence during any of the tabling hours. MPIRG will lead that effort, but it’s important that we be present, too. The table will be just inside the entrance to Anderson. Please let me know if you can be present for part of all of any of these shifts:

Fri. – 11/6: 2-5p

Sat. – 11/7: 12-1p

Mon. – 11/9: 5:30-6:30p

Tues. – 11/10: 12:30-1:30p

Wed. – 11/11: 5-6p

Thur. – 11/12: 11:30a-12:30p

Fri. – 11/13: 5-6p

Mon. – 11/16: 11:30a-12:30p

Even if you can’t stay to table, drop by and let the MPIRG students know you’re an adjunct faculty, and thank them for standing up on our behalf. And don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food item to add to the bin. (A collection box will be available at the info desk anytime Anderson Center is open.)

Finally, as we undertake the food drive, let’s also keep up our other forms of visibility. Sport your Hamline burgundy and gray threads as solidarity colors on Monday and Thursday. Wear those “I Support Hamline Adjuncts” buttons everyday with Piper pride. And display those window signs wherever they’ll catch the most eyes. I have a pair of signs in each backseat window of my Prius, so wherever I go my message goes, too. If you need a button or a window sign—or now (especially if you live in the Hamline neighborhood) a YARD SIGN, let me know or stop by during the food drive table hours. Every show of solidarity, both within and beyond our unit strengthens our position. And keep sharing the video. We added over 1000 new views in the last ten days! (https://www.facebook.com/SEIULocal284/videos/10153626628264675/).

We bargain the morning of November 6 (right before we kick off the food drive that afternoon) and then again on November 10, the Tuesday following Family Weekend.

In solidarity!

David

 

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