Category Archives: Academic Labor

Unions, contracts, and campus-labor matters.

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Bill Would Bar U. of Wisconsin Employees From Working at Planned Parenthood

A new bill in the Wisconsin Legislature proposes barring a partnership that allows University of Wisconsin employees to work at Planned Parenthood, the Associated Press reports.

The measure targets the university’s decade-old arrangement with Planned Parenthood, through which faculty members work part time at a clinic in Madison, Wis. The bill would also prevent university employees from performing abortions or training students at facilities where abortions are performed, besides hospitals.

The…

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Instructor Who Said Trump Should Be Shot Loses Job at Montclair State U.

An adjunct instructor at Rutgers University at New Brunswick whose contract was not renewed after he made remarks about the Second Amendment and flag burning said on Tuesday he had lost a job at another university for writing on Twitter that he wished someone would shoot President Trump.

The instructor, Kevin Allred, confirmed that he tweeted on Friday: “This is all a sham. I wish someone would just shoot him outright.” He later deleted the message after his …

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Adjuncts at Northwestern U. Vote to Unionize

Non-tenure-track faculty members at Northwestern University have narrowly voted to form a union represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 73, the Chicago Tribune reports.

In June 2016 a group of instructors petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to hold a union election, citing concerns that the university was assigning too many teaching duties to non-tenured faculty members and relying less on tenured professors.

Instructors voted on whether to unionize in July 2016,…

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NLRB Issues Second Decision Allowing the Unionization of Undergraduates

The National Labor Relations Board has cleared the way for the unionization of student employees of the University of Chicago’s libraries, marking the second time this spring that it has declared undergraduate students eligible to bargain collectively.

In a ruling handed down on Tuesday, Peter Sung Ohr, director of the NLRB’s regional office in Chicago, rejected the university’s argument that the paid student workers in its libraries should be precluded from unionization because its relation…

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NLRB Extends ‘Microunit’ Concept to Efforts to Organize Faculty Members

The National Labor Relations Board has declared non-tenure-track faculty members at Vanderbilt University eligible to form separate collective-bargaining units for their respective schools, marking the first time that faculty members will be eligible to gain union representation in such a piecemeal manner.

In a ruling issued on Wednesday, Lisa Y. Henderson, acting director of the NLRB’s regional office in Atlanta, held that non-tenure-track faculty members at separate Vanderbilt schools were n…

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With Final Exams Looming, Faculty Strikes at U. of Illinois at Springfield

Faculty members at the University of Illinois at Springfield began a strike on Tuesday after failing to reach agreement on a new contract with the administration, The State Journal-Register reports. A message posted Monday evening on the website of UIS United Faculty, the faculty union, by its executive board and negotiating team opened plainly: “Bad news. Strike is on.”

Both tenured and tenure-track faculty members took to the picket lines on Tuesday, during the last week of classes and just a …

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Sociology Chair Resigns at Colorado-Boulder After Alleged Harassment in Department

The chair of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s sociology department, Don Grant, will step down from the post, though he denies he decided to leave because of recent allegations of harassment among the department’s faculty members, the Daily Camera reports.

The newspaper reports that Mr. Grant emailed the announcement of his plans to the faculty members on Thursday. He later told the Camera: “I have thought about doing this for the past several months, long before any of these false rumors …

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After a Week of Protest, U. of Utah Cancer Researcher Is Reinstated

A week after the University of Utah announced that the chief executive and director of its Huntsman Cancer Institute was leaving her post, she’s been reinstated.

In a written statement, the university’s president, David W. Pershing, confirmed the decision to keep Mary Beckerle.

“Effective today we have changed HCI’s reporting structure, and Dr. Beckerle will report directly to the president of the university,” the statement said. “I am grateful for her committed leadership and look forward to wo…

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Adjuncts at Colorado Community Colleges Lack Academic-Freedom Protections, AAUP Says

The American Association of University Professors is citing the firing of a Colorado adjunct instructor as evidence of a broader lack of academic freedom for part-time faculty members throughout that state’s community-college system.

The case of Nathanial Bork, who lost his job at the Community College of Aurora last fall after he complained to its accreditor about a new curriculum there, “exposes the absence of adequate procedural protections for the adjunct faculty in the regulations of the …

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Graduate Students in 6 Departments at Yale Vote to Unionize

After months of legal disputes, graduate students in six academic departments at Yale University have voted to unionize, joining the union of graduate employees, Local 33, on Thursday, the Yale Daily News reports.

The departments of English, geology and geophysics, history, history of art, mathematics, and sociology voted to join the union in the elections. Students in two other departments, East Asian languages and literatures and political science, are still waiting on the results of challenge…