Candidate Statement

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Arnold Korotkin

AFT 6025

Member-at-large, Four-Year Institutions

I have been an active member of AFT Local 6025, Montclair State University (NJ), since 1987 and I currently serve on the Local’s Executive Board as secretary, grievance committee chair, COPE committee chair and as a member of the contract negotiation committee.  

 

For the past eight years I’ve been a Member-at-Large on the Executive Board of the AFT Adjunct/Contingent Faculty Caucus.

 

I’ve been a life-long community activist. One of my core beliefs is that an informed citizen is an empowered citizen. 

 

I was founder and editor of a newsletter “The RAP” (Radicals Against Poverty) which was a catalyst for the formation of the National Vista Alliance - a workers association created to address the concerns of Vista Volunteers with respect to working conditions and civil service entitlements and benefits. The RAP is currently being digitized and should be available to researchers as part of ProQuest's Socialist and Radical Collection in 2023. Since 2014 I’ve compiled and distributed a daily email COPE news service designed to empower its readers with information.

 

With respect to issues confronting adjunct and contingent faculty I’ve been active in efforts to bring about pay-equity, improved working conditions, job security, eligibility for unemployment benefits and seniority rights.

 

In midst of COVID-19 it's of paramount importance that we develop strategies to address the adverse effects that the pandemic has had on adjunct and contingent faculty job security, work conditions and health and safety issues.

 

I welcome the opportunity to continue my service as an AFT Adjunct/Contingent Caucus Faculty officer and to advocate on behalf of my Union Sisters and Brothers.