COCAL Conferences

Conferences are held every other year, alternating between the North American countries in the coalition. Conferences feature simultaneous translation into English, French, and Spanish. Presentations have ranged from neoliberalism and the effects of globalization on academia to regional and local issues at particular colleges.

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COCAL X Conference reports and photo galleries

The tenth annual COCAL Conference was held in Mexico City, on the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico from August 9 through August 12, 2012.


Click here to view the COCAL X Conference coverage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COCAL XI in New York City
August 4-6, 2014

 

Shaping an Equitable & Democratic Future For Higher Education—The Way Forward

 

John Jay College
City University of New York (CUNY)   
524 West 59th St.  (Between 9th & 10th Avenues)
New York, New York 10019

 

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Tentative Conference Program

The goal of COCAL XI is to emerge with some plans for action. Sincewe a diverse group geographically and structurally it is unlikely there will be one-size-fits-all solutions. However, there is much we share, and becoming aware of various problems and approaches can enrich our strategies and campaigns. For this reason, the plenaries and interest groups will be constituted as working groups that will use our two-day discussions to formulate priorities, campaigns, strategies and resources that we will bring to our General Assembly on Wednesday.

Monday, August 4

9:30-11:00 Registration

11:00-12:30 Lunch & Welcome

1:00-3:15 p.m. Plenary 1
What’s Going on in Higher Education? A Trinational Perspective
• How have contingent academics affected higher education?
• What is the potential power of this group?
• Is an international movement possible or desirable?
• How can it evolve?
• What role should COCAL play?

3:15-3:30 Break

3:30 -5:45 Interest Group Discussions–Part 1 (to be continued on Tuesday.)

Discussion Groups will bring the result of their discussions to the General Assembly on Wednesday.
Participants have a choice of choosing a different session each day or remaining in one group:


Legal (Unemployment Law/Health Insurance/Discrimination Based on Race, Gender and Union Activity)
Students (Undergraduates and Graduates/Tuition/Debt)
Media (Press, Social/TV/Narratives)
Building National Agendas (Unions and Associations)
Bargaining for Equity (Governance/Seniority/Salary/Pensions)

6:00-8:00 Reception

Tuesday, August 5


The Nuts and Bolts of Contingent Organizing

9:30-11:00 Plenary 2
Inside the Academy: The Cutting Edge
• What has changed since COCAL X in 2012?
• Struggles for equity
• New collaborations

11:00-12:30 Interest Group Discussions—Part 2
Legal (Unemployment Law/Health Insurance/Discrimination Based on Race, Gender and Union Activity)
Students (Undergraduates and Graduates/Tuition/Debt)
Media (Press, Social/TV/Narratives)
Building National Agendas (Unions and Associations)
Bargaining for Equity (Governance/Seniority/Salary/Pensions)

12:30-1:30 Lunch

2:00-3:30 Plenary 3
Outside the Academy: Lessons from Organizing Contingent Workers in Various Industries
• How have workers gained power?
• What has worked?
• What have been the surprises?
• What’s next?
• How can we network to our mutual advantage?

3:00-5:30 Interest Group Discussions—Part 3
Legal (Unemployment Law/Health Insurance/Discrimination Based on Race, Gender and Union Activity)
Students (Undergraduates and Graduates/Tuition/Debt)
Media (Press, Social/TV/Narratives)
Building National Agendas (Unions and Associations)
Bargaining for Equity (Governance/Seniority/Salary/Pensions)

6:00 -10 p.m. Dinner Boat Cruise around Manhattan

Wednesday, August 6
Going Forward

10:00-1:00 Report Back from Discussion Groups to General Assembly
• Is there a way to consolidate our power tri-nationally? Locally?
• Can we map our strategic directions so as to be useful for everyone?
• What is next?

1:00- 2:00 Lunch

2:30-4:30 Post-Conference Meeting of COCAL Local Organizing Committee and COCAL International Advisory Committee