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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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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