UC SAGE/UAW gets the attention of mainstream media.TDC/Workplace Award nominee David Kamper is featured in this photo and article in the LA Times.
Next open editorial meeting (all welcome) will be held October 27, 2001 at the TDC/Radical Teacher Conference on School and University Teaching. Future Issues: Financing the Corporate University; Youth, a Category Through Which Class is Lived; Casualization and Gender; Movements K-16; Theories of Mental Labor; Debt and Autonomy; Education Law; History of the CGEU; The Struggle at Private Universities; Hey, What's Wrong With Our Unions? 
Workplace 4.1
a journal for academic labor
June 2001

edited by 
Katherine Wills
got news?
Dean Ousts Chair

Campus Equity is
Plan Now

Contracting Out
Age Discrimination

Brown Activism
More to Come

Emerson Unionizes
3 to 1

MSU Unionizes
29 plus one more

“Class struggle is basic to the capitalist mode of production in the region of ‘mental’ labor, just as it is to be found in the realm of physical production. It is basic not because it is a sign of the special quality of mental labor, but because it is simply labor.” George Caffentzis, “Why Machines Cannot Create Value”
Information University: Rise of the Education Management Organization 
A Special Issue of Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, together with a  companion critical volume

Proposals due September 15, 2001
See theCFP
for details


Meet the editors of Workplace: open editorial meetings will be held by the collective at:  Radical Teacher/TDC  (Philadelphia, October 27, 2001); and at MLA (New Orleans, December 2001). Also planned are open editorial meetings at the annual CGEU summer conference and the MLG Summer Institute ( June 2002) All are welcome: come share your thoughts. Check back here or write the editors for details.

Activism and Workplace Work for You:
Resolutions Against Rockefeller Drug Laws

CFP   Academic Collective Bargaining

CFP Prison Conf

CFP   j_spot

CFP  Prison Writng

CFP  Globalicities


Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions

Progressive Information Network

Association of American University Professors (AAUP)

United Auto Workers (UAW)

American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

California Parttime Faculty Association

Graduate Student Caucus (GSC-MLA

Canadian Assn  of University Teachers

Communications Workers of America (CWA)


National Assoc Grad Prof Stu. (NAGPS)

Marxist Literary Group--Mediations

Rethinking Marxism

Radical Teacher

Cultural Logic

Teachers for a Democratic Culture

Scholars, Artists and Writers for Social Justice (SAWSJ)


Featured Topic
Composition as Management Science
Co-edited by Tony Scott, Leo Parascondola, and Tony Baker
TDC/Workplace award nominee Sarah Hardgrave with Annie Bruce 
 New at Workplace: beginning with this issue, we plan to make available in book form expanded versions of many of our semiannual feature topics. Sometime in the next 18 months, you should be able to get this issue as a book, including 12 additional essays by: Paul Lauter, Gary Rhoades, Donald Lazere,  Jennifer Trainor and Amanda Godley, Richard Miller, Chris Ferry, Jon Curtiss, Marc Bousquet, and many others. Check back for details.
So part of the professional model is to educate you to think of yourself as some-
one who manages labor, as opposed to being a laborer--I think that is very true. But I also think comp just refuses to recognize the ways in which it is built upon the exploited labor of others. To recognize that would make us ask why are we sitting in a hotel in Denver drinking vodka and talking about students who can never afford to be here being taught by flex workers who also can't afford to come.
--Steve Parks

Steve Parks: An Appreciation
Eli Goldblatt

Class Politics and Democratic Culture:An Interview with Steve Parks
Tony Scott


"In the past thirty years, Composition has been blessed by luminaries who have opened up critical options to traditional instruction. Yet all this remarkable activity rests on a mountain of cheap labor, where too many women teachers are paid too little for too much work in classes structured against the language and interests of working students and those of color.  --Ira Shor
Abolish or Perish?  Managed Labor in Composition:
A Roundtable with Sharon Crowley with Walter Jacobsohn, Eric Marshall, Michael Murphy, Karen Thompson and Katherine Wills
moderated by Tony Baker

Roundtable with Cary Nelson:  Composition, Cultural Studies, and Academic LaborwithAlan France, Robin Goodman, Patricia Harkin, William Hendricks, Eileen Schell,and James Sosnoski
moderated by Chris Carter

Organized Labor, Writing Instruction and Education Technology
Kim van Alkemade

Also with this issue, we welcome Tony Scott to the group of  general editors. He will work on developing Workplace's interactivity, especially reciprocal links and our forthcoming Wall of Talk, a BBS-style board with guests from labor and critical higher ed rotating discussion topics every six weeks.

One Rhetoric Fits All: What Graduate Student Unions Have Taught Us about Higher Education and the Public Sphere
John Marsh

Building a Sustainable Graduate Union or, The Epic Importance of the Mundane
Laurie Ousley and Michael Rozendal
Presenting the Nominees
Vicky Smallman
First Annual
Teachers for a
Democratic Culture/
Awards to Graduate Employees
"Unions work best when members are engaged and empowered; many of these profiles illustrate the importance of the organizing model of unionism to the academic workplace."
Profile: Ophra Leyser,
U Kansas
GTAC at Kansas: Working it Right in a State That's Right to Work
by Robert Vodicka
Profile: GSEAC/UAW
U Washington
Organizing for Change: GSEAC/UAW
by Larin McLaughlin
Profile: David Kamper
Organizing Over the Long-Haul: The SAGE/UAW Campaign at the University of California
by Mark Quigley
Union Organizing at the University of California
by Philip Zwerling
Profile: John Fiskio-Lasseter
U Oregon
Living the Organizing Model
by Michelle Graas and Paul Prew
Profile: Sarah Hardgrave,
U Oregon
University of Oregon's Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation
by Paul Prew
Profile: Jennifer Ryan,
U Iowa
UE-COGS at the University of Iowa
by Tim Bryant
In 2000 three awards were made:James Thompson, Graduate Assistants United/NEA(University of Florida)

Kitty Krupat, Graduate Students Organizing Committee/UAW Local 2110(New York University)

 Ken Lang, Graduate Student Employee Action Coalition/UAW, (University of Washington)

Rallying the GTFF  summer 2000

Workplace is pleased to thank Teachers for A Democratic Culture and its director, Steve Parks, for conceiving, initiating and funding this annual award for graduate-employee activism on behalf of the profession. Nominations for the  2001 awards will soon be open. Check back for details or email sparkss@astro.temple.edu

Interview with James Thompson:
Winner of the 2000 Award to Graduate Employees
Katherine V. Wills

"In the last two or three years in Gainesville, especially, we've seen crossover activism that is unlike anything I've ever seen or read about before. I like to say that Seattle is simply a popular manifestation of something that is really going on at a lot of places and has been going on for awhile. When you go to events now, you look around and it's not clear that there's one organization that is dominant. There are GAU people, there are NOW people, there are GREENS, there are older activists from the community who have been here 10, 20, 30 years sometimes. There are academic activists, there are working people, there are mothers and fathers and families at these things. These people come from all different walks of life. The activism here in town is not so clearly labor activism or radical activism or marching or protesting; it's just kind of a mix of everything because of the crossover.--James Thompson
To link to many of the 50 campuses featuring graduate-employee organizing, try the CGEU (Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions) index:

Review of Kenneth J. Saltman's Collateral Damage: Corporatizing Public Schools
Pepi Leistyna

Review of Carl Boggs's The End of Politics: Corporate Power and the Decline of the Public Sphere
Catherine Chaput

Review of Literature, Class and Culture: An Anthology edited by Ann Fitzgerald and Paul Lauter
Lisa A. Cooper

edited by Courtney Maloney
Fuel for the Fire: 
Survey Data Confirm What We've Known All Along
gregory Bezkorovainy

Review of Eric B. Gorham's The Theater of Politics: Hannah Arendt, Political Science and Higher Education
Elizabeth Heffelfinger

Want to see a title reviewed or review something yourself?
Contact cmaloney@andrew.cmu.edu

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