Field Trip to Ithaca’s Old Court House
On Tuesday, October 21st, several members of the TC3 Adjunct Association Organizing Committee attended the semi-monthly meeting of the Tompkins County Legislature to address the legislators and ask for their help in our union organizing drive of TC3 adjuncts. Theresa Alt, a community resident and a member of the Tompkins County Workers Council, also spoke in support of TC3AA.
The core message to the legislature was simple: “TC3 adjuncts need, want, and deserve a union. Please tell President Carl Haynes and the TC3 Board of Trustees to respect our wishes and voluntarily recognize our union. Please tell them not to waste taxpayer money fighting us.” The details of the message were often moving as Cynthia Coleman (Sociology), Nancy Crane (Modern Languages), Sherry Tacktill (English) and Gregg Weatherby (English) told their personal stories which touched on everything from continuing to teach as an adjunct at TC3 even after finding fulltime employment elsewhere because of a passion for teaching, to working seven days a week (including weekends at the Ithaca Farmers Market) to try to make ends meet as an adjunct, to how adjuncts teach the majority of the college’s courses yet are not paid a living wage, to the struggle faced to be assigned classes again after a six month medical absence spent fighting Stage IV cancer.
Several of the legislators were openly supportive in their comments that followed. We are hopeful we can count on the Tompkins County Legislators’ help in the days to come as we press the TC3 Administration and Board of Trustees to voluntary recognize the TC3 Adjunct Association as the union for TC3 adjuncts.