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Mooney, Christine; Volchok, Edward – Thought & Action, 2016
This year, labor unions got a reprieve: The Supreme Court deadlocked in a much-anticipated case that could have turned almost every state into Wisconsin, where partisan interests have crippled union power. The case, "Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association," addressed a previous case, "Abood v. Detroit Board of…
Descriptors: Public Sector, Unions, Court Litigation, Labor Legislation
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Kitchen, Deeb-Paul, II – Thought & Action, 2014
In recent years, issues pertaining to graduate student union organizing have been at the center of several political battles and court cases. This attention is, at least in part, due to the growth of graduate student unions at a time when organized labor's influence is receding in other, more traditionally unionized sectors of the labor force. As…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Labor Market, Activism, Teaching Assistants
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Gecan, Michael – Thought & Action, 2013
As the co-director of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), a network founded by Saul Alinsky in 1940 that partners with faith and community-based organizations to improve local leadership and citizen-led action, the author has witnessed how power organizing can work. In the first few months of 2013, the author had been privileged to be part of a…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Social Action, Organization, Meetings
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Neem, Johann N. – Thought & Action, 2012
Western Governors University was conceptualized in 1995 at a meeting of the Western Governors Association, and founded soon after in an effort to increase degree production in higher education at a lower cost. It has expanded significantly over the past few years, driven both by increased demand for online education and by drastic state budget…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Higher Education, Competence, Certification