Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor

A grassroots coalition of activists in North America working for contingent faculty: adjunct, part-time, non-tenured, and graduate teaching faculty. We seek to bring greater awareness to the precarious situation for contingent faculty in higher education, organize for action, and build solidarity among our colleagues.


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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.
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Welcome to COCAL International

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COCAL is a coalition of higher education activists from the North American continent. We are united in working to improve working conditions at colleges and universities for contingent faculty, including adjunct, part-time, and non-tenure track instructors, and graduate teaching assistants.

COCAL holds biennial conferences with presentations on organizing faculty, gaining equitable working conditions, legislative solutions, and the effects of globalization on higher education.


August 4-6, 2014

The eleventh COCAL Conference will be held Monday, August 4 through Wednesday, August 6 at John Jay College in New York City. ​Plenaries, ​forums ​and ​workshops ​will ​deal ​with ​problems ​faced ​by ​contingent ​faculty ​in ​higher ​education ​in ​the ​U.S., ​Canada ​and ​Mexico, ​as ​well ​well ​as ​around ​the ​globe. ​Possible ​solutions ​and ​actions ​will ​be ​planned.


New York, seen from the Empire State Bldg.
(Photo by Jorge Gobbi Morrissey)

More information on registration, program, and hotels on the Events page

Plenary and discussion group topics include:

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)


Join activists in contingent academic labor from countries in North America at the eleventh COCAL Conference in New York City to discuss, plan, and strategize on topics facing contingent educators and higher education:


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• How has the contingent movement changed?
• Struggles for equity
• New collaborations
• What models and strategies can we adapt to our situations?
• What are our priorities?
• How have workers gained power?
• What has worked?
• What have been the surprises?
• How can we network to our mutual advantage?
• Is there a way to consolidate our power tri-nationally? Locally?
• Can we map our strategic directions?