posts categorized asOpEd

William P. Jones, “Ray Cross’ misunderstanding of history undercuts his position,” The Journal Sentinel (May 11, 2016)

by on May 12, 2016

In a recently publicized private memo, University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross compared tenured faculty “who are no longer needed in a discipline” to railway brakemen who, he claimed, demanded “a job for life even when that job was no longer necessary.” Cross’ analogy fails on two counts: First, it’s bad history.

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Lane Windham, “Let Penn State grad students decide if they want to form a union: The administration and faculty members should stay neutral.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (April 26, 2016)

by on May 3, 2016

A directive on how to fight graduate employees’ unionization efforts was the last thing I expected Penn State University’s Graduate School to plop in my email in-box on Friday morning. Yet there it was. Under the heading of “Guidance for faculty and other supervisors of graduate student assistants,” the document clearly seeks to enlist faculty and staff in its resistance to graduate employees’ burgeoning union campaign at State College.

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Mark Brenner, “Dockworkers deserve plaudits: Opposing view,” USA Today (February 19, 2015)

by on February 23, 2015

Dockworkers up and down the West Coast are practically drowning in crocodile tears. Newfound concern for workers across the economy has everyone from the FedEx CEO to the Editorial Board of USA TODAY howling over port congestion. They blame unionized workers for everything from dwindling auto parts supplies in the Midwest to french fry shortages in Japan.

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