Candidate Statement

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 four 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/benefits; and 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 is having 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.