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Subscribe to the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions Newsletter

by on January 20, 2017

This January newsletter of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions contains a number of updates about adjunct organizing, as well as graduate employee and other faculty organizing or collective bargaining. Thanks again to William Herbert, executive director, for forwarding this.

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Collective Bargaining and Unit Composition

by on December 24, 2016

An important issue in collective bargaining, with significant consequences for contingent faculty, is unit composition. At the April 3-5, 2016 annual conference in New York City of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, a panel discussed the impact that faculty composition can have on collective bargaining.

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Claire Goldstene, “The Politics of Contingent Academic Labor”

by on September 25, 2016

Claire Goldstene’s 2012 article, “The Politics of Contingent Academic Labor,” in the NEA journal Thought & Action, argues that the shift to a majority contingent faculty is not primarily about financial considerations (despite such administrative explanations) but is, instead, about diminishing the intellectual protections of tenure, curtailing the collective voice of faculty, and, as a consequence, undermining the university as a space for the open exchange of ideas.

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