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Officials At Catholic College Claim A Union For Adjuncts Would Be A Sin

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by Joshua Zelesnick Confronted with a strong majority of adjunct faculty demanding union representation, the administration at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh is claiming the school’s faith should make it exempt from unionization. The Catholic university argues that a Labor Board election would be impermissible government intervention in a religious institution. Its claims echo the fight […]

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FOIAed Police Reports Show Washington Union Leader Impeded Police Investigation of Theft of Union Funds

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by P.D. Lesko At Green River Community College, located in a suburb of Seattle, Washington, adjuncts (303) make up the majority of the 443 faculty who teach at the two-year college. Between 2004-2010, an adjunct faculty member headed the Green River Community College United Faculty, a joint AFT-NEA local—the only joint AFT-NEA local in the […]

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AFT Washington Affiliate Tries to Block Release of Public Documents Relating to Union Leader’s Embezzlement of Funds

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by P.D. Lesko Ideally, union leaders help and protect members to the extent allowed by the contract negotiated between the union and the employer. At Green River Community College there have been allegations made that the game is being played differently. GRCC is located in Auburn, Washington, a suburb of Seattle with a population of […]

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Adjunct Think Tank Plays the “Report” Card With Mixed Results

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by P.D. Lesko Reports on the status of higher education are like an opiate for the educated masses who comb through such data. The year-old Center for the Future of Higher Education is described as a “virtual think tank.” In other words, no office, no staff, just people who shoot emails back and forth and, […]

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OPSEU Contract Gives Canadian PTers More Job Security

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Ontario’s colleges have reached a tentative agreement with 10,000 faculty members that includes a two-year pay freeze. The faculty members had been prepared to take a strike vote on September 6th, Ontario Public Service Employees Union president Warren “Smokey” Thomas said. The two-year deal will freeze faculty salaries and leave benefits untouched, essentially maintaining the status […]

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  • Taxing Matters: The Long Reach of Uncle Sam

    by Conrad de Aenlle Americans who have settled abroad may feel far from home, but to the Internal Revenue Service, it is almost as though they never left. The United States is one of a very few countries that continue to tax citizens and even U.S. permanent residents, or green-card holders, who live overseas. But tax experts point out […]

  • A Review of Academic Transformation

    Reviewed by Elizabeth Church Ontario needs to create new universities with the sole purpose of teaching undergraduates if it hopes to maintain quality and halt the growing use of part-time faculty and large classes, says a new book on education reform. Unlike other large Canadian provinces, Ontario undergraduates are educated almost exclusively at universities that […]

  • Fresh from DC Successes SEIU Tries to Muscle Into AFT/NEA Territory in Pacific Northwest

    by John Gillie In a case that could set a national precedent, Pacific Lutheran University is taking legal steps this week to block the formation of a union to represent contingent faculty members at the Parkland university. The university, which has held occasional conversations for months with representatives of those temporary faculty members, has filed […]

  • Part-Time Faculty Union Prez Publishes Op-Ed Calling His Own Members “Monsters”

    by Mark James Miller The American higher educational system has created a monster — the out-of-control growth of part-time or adjunct faculty. In its over-reliance on part-time instructors, higher education has built a house of sand. In colleges and universities across the country, budgets are developed and strategic plans made that assume contingent faculty will carry […]

  • To Be or Not To Be (in a Unified Union Local)

    Ideally, union membership will benefit all members equally. It’s a simple system, in theory: faculty unionize, pay dues, and bargain collectively. Everyone benefits. In practice, however, particularly as the numbers of part-time faculty continue to rise, the mechanics of union representation have become more complicated, even politicized. Full-time faculty, in many instances, compete with part-time […]

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