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Volchok, Edward – Thought & Action, 2018
Right-to-work (RTW) laws neither provide opportunity for gainful employment nor a higher standard of living. In truth, by ending a union's ability to charge administrative fees to employees who benefit from their collectively bargained contract, these laws aim to weaken unions and silence workers. They are designed to help employers, not workers.…
Descriptors: Unions, College Faculty, Labor Legislation, Court Litigation
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Rachleff, Peter – Thought & Action, 2017
Over the course of the 1980s and 1990s, the contours of neoliberalism took shape, as individual corporations implemented new strategies seeking to shift the frontier of control in their favor and increase their profits. Their actions began to shape the political and economic practices of both major political parties, and the orientation of…
Descriptors: Social Systems, Labor Problems, Labor Relations, Labor
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Messier, John – Thought & Action, 2017
Collective bargaining and faculty governance are sometimes perceived to be in conflict. Faculty members will debate about whether a specific issue--for example, program consolidations or early college/dual enrollment (where high school students earn college credits taking high school classes taught by high school teachers)--falls under governance…
Descriptors: Governance, Academic Freedom, Unions, Collective Bargaining
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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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Freeman, James E.; Kolozi, Peter – Thought & Action, 2016
Ever wonder why union members' salary and benefits, workload agreements, and other aspects of their collective bargaining agreements, or "contracts," often remain unchanged and enforced during the all-too-common periods when public employees labor without a contract? In New York, the answer boils down to an understanding of the Public…
Descriptors: Public Sector, Unions, Collective Bargaining, Contracts
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Davenport, Elizabeth – Thought & Action, 2015
Given their history of socio-economic peripheralization and continued struggles for success, one would expect African Americans--especially highly educated ones--to be adept at the various forms of mobilization and advocacy, especially that of labor unions, which have not only provided them access to opportunities but also given them a voice in…
Descriptors: Unions, Governance, Black Colleges, Universities
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Ventello, Gregg Primo – Thought & Action, 2012
Inside every airline magazine is an ad in which Chester L. Karrass insists, "You don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate." This suggests that the "art" of negotiation is more important than the substance of any issue under consideration. When it's time to negotiate at the author's college, the faculty union's "professional…
Descriptors: Governing Boards, Unions, Collective Bargaining, College Faculty
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Minor, Darrell – Thought & Action, 2012
On February 1, 2012, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed a "right to work" (RTW) provision in the state's labor laws, making Indiana the 23rd RTW state in the nation. In addition to becoming the 23rd RTW state in the nation, Indiana is the first in more than a decade to pass a law undermining the ability of unions to organize and…
Descriptors: Public Health, Living Standards, Unions, Collective Bargaining
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Newman, Lance – Thought & Action, 2008
This article reports on an outstanding event from May 2007, when the California Faculty Association (CFA), representing more than 24,000 faculty, counselors, and librarians at the 23 campuses of the California State University (CSU), won one of the best collective bargaining agreements in higher education history. The new agreement provides a 20.7…
Descriptors: State Universities, College Faculty, Cooperation, Professional Associations
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Maitland, Christine – Thought & Action, 2007
In this article, the author reviews the history of the National Education Association (NEA), which celebrated its 150th year in 2007. Over that time, NEA has been a driving force in education at all levels. The story of NEA is about the building of a unique American school system and the articulation of three levels of education into a unified…
Descriptors: National Organizations, United States History, Educational History, Higher Education
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McColm, Greg; Dorn, Sherman – Thought & Action, 2005
This article describes the events surrounding the University of South Florida's (USF) involvement with Sami Al-Arian, who was a professor at USF prior to accusations of involvement in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). The seeds of the Al-Arian controversy were planted in the early 1990s when USF--an ambitious but underfunded…
Descriptors: National Security, Universities, Educational Practices, College Faculty
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Rhoades, Gary – Thought & Action, 2000
Discussion of higher education faculty and unions urges a "public professional unionism" in which faculty and staff work cooperatively with administrators to promote quality in instruction and a high level of professionalism through participative decision making. Argues that higher education unions must also pay more attention in collective…
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, College Faculty, Faculty College Relationship, Higher Education
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Laiacona, Joseph – Thought & Action, 2000
Recounts how the part-time faculty at Chicago's Columbia College (Illinois) dramatically improved salaries and gained a strong voice in college decision making through unionization. Emphasis is on the negotiation process which worked to obtain the group's goals without undermining the "rather friendly college environment." (DB)
Descriptors: Adjunct Faculty, Collective Bargaining, College Faculty, Faculty College Relationship
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Johnson, Ben; McCarthy, Tom – Thought & Action, 2000
Two graduate teaching assistants, veterans of the Yale (Connecticut) "grade strike," discuss the importance of graduate students to the academic enterprise and how "the casualization of academic labor" impacts on higher learning in general and faculty in particular. They urge faculty to join with graduate assistants to check…
Descriptors: Adjunct Faculty, Collective Bargaining, College Faculty, Higher Education
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Shaw, George C. – Thought & Action, 2000
Describes how collective bargaining has emerged as an important factor in higher education, with some faculty resisting unionism as a threat to status and dignity. Seeks to refute the source of such resistance, the "myth of academe," or the belief that faculty lead lives devoted to selfless pursuit of knowledge in institutions carefully…
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, College Environment, College Faculty, Faculty College Relationship
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