Joe Berry

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Joe Berry

Joe Berry is Visiting Labor Education Specialist at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, in the Labor Education Program, He chairs the Chicago Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor and is on the Coordinating Committee of the North American Alliance for Fair Employment, and is active in Jobs with Justice.[1]

CoC National Conference endorser

In 1992 Joe Berry, AFT, San Mateo, California, endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.[2]

Institute for Social and Economic Studies/CrossRoads

In the mid 1990s Joe Berry served[3]on the Board of Directors of Oakland based Institute for Social and Economic Studies- sponsor of CrossRoads magazine, which sought to promote dialogue and building new alliances among progressives and leftists... and to bring diverse Marxist and socialist traditions to bear while exploring new strategies and directions for the progressive political movements.

How Class Works

At the How Class Works - 2002 Conference, panels included; 5.1 Issues in Class Mobility

“ Class Lines, Class Power, and Class Consciousness within Higher Education: The Case of the New Majority Contingent Faculty”

“ Towards a Personal Ethnography of a Large Law Firm”

“ On the Self-maintaining Properties of the Class Structure: How the Middle Classes Reproduce Their Privileges and Power Across Generations”

  • Mary Kosut, New School University – Sociology, graduate program

“The Class Ceiling: Reflections on Class and the Academy from a Blue-collar Standpoint”

DSA meeting

The “dirty little secret” of America academia is that 80% of faculty are contingent, writer and activist Joe Berry told a February 2008 forum of the Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio. Berry, the author of Reclaiming the Ivory Tower, said that the number of contingent faculty is staggering – between 500,000 and 1,000,000 at any one time, more than steel or auto workers. Although universities have promoted the use of contingent faculty to lower costs and operate on a corporate model, especially in the last 10 years, college costs have not gone down – they’ve risen three times faster than inflation.[5]

Center for Labor Renewal

In 2009 Joe Berry was listed as an endorser of the Center for Labor Renewal[6].

2016 labor delegation to Vietnam

Kent Wong led Howard Kling, Julio Perez, Joe Berry, Hollis Stewart, An Le, Helen Worthen, John Grant, Gene Carroll, Leanna Noble, Richard Barrera, Albert Lowe, and Emil de Guzman, on a labor delegation to Vietnam, in January 2016.

In January 2016, a 13 member labor delegation visited Vietnam to help build a lasting relationship between Vietnamese and U.S. unions and labor educators. The group visited with the Vietnamese General Confederation of Labor, two labor universities, the Vietnam Women's Academy, factories and local unions. The group connected with four U.S. labor educators who have been teaching labor relations in Vietnam through an exchange arranged by delegation leader, Kent Wong, Director of the UCLA Labor Center. The delegation participated in the first ever joint U.S./Vietnamese seminar and dialog on trade and the TPP at Ton Duc Thang University in Ho Chi Minh City.[7]

UALE Vietnam workshop


Participants in the UALE Vietnam workshop, April 2016. From left: Gene Carroll, Don Taylor, Jean Dearden, Victor Narro, Joe Berry, Michael Maurer, Randy Croce, Kent Wong, Monica Bielski Boris, Helen Worthen, Howard Kling, Attley Chock, Katherine Scacciatano, Amy Livingston, Megan Fissel.[8]

Thanked by Zweig

"The Working Class Majority: America's Best Kept Secret, Second Edition By Michael Zweig acknowledged Joe Berry, Ron Blackwell, Jim Borbely, Ross Borden, Gene Bruskin, Jeff Crosby, Fernando Gapasin, Penny Lewis, Stephanie Luce, Maria Maisto, Jack Metzgar, Rachel Micah-Jones, Dennis O'Neil, Jay D. Mazur, Steven Pitts, Warren Sanderson, Heidi Shierholz, Craig Smith, Megan Smith, Ralph Trioche, Luis Valenzuela, Victor Wallis, Kris Warner, Devon Whitham, Anne Weigard, and Robert Saute for their help.