GW faculty start a non-union union, GW admin. says: talk to the hand

As reported in the GW Hatchet, George Washington University’s student newspaper, faculty at GW have initiated a Faculty Association to look out for their interests beyond what the current Faculty Senate there is able or willing to do.  Not surprisingly, GW’s response: talk to the hand.

By law, GW as a private institution has no obligation to recognize a faculty union, and a university spokesperson has been clear that it has no intention of meeting with the group, because “We don’t have conversations with faculty affiliated with those ad hoc organizations.” [More below the fold]

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NCAA, university, coaches’ reaction to athletes’ vote: Screw the players. I want my game/power/money

CNN has published a round-up of reactions ahead of tomorrow’s vote of Northwestern football players.  What’s telling is how little negative reaction is about the players, and how much it is about retaining power and revenue. Almost everyone agrees that athletes could be better served.  And yet, in opponents arguments against unionization, they suggest that there must be some other avenue for reform.  What mechanism do they provide for helping the players? The answer, my friend, is tumbleweeds in the wind. [Reactions below the fold]

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Lies, lies, and more lies: Northwestern U. works to crush athlete unionization vote

Some fairly strong reporting out of the New York Times on Northwestern University’s campaign against their football players trying to unionize.  Apparently, Northwestern is leaving no stone unturned, and administrators and others have used age-old threats, most or all of them specious.  The reason seems clear: this isn’t about what little the athletes will gain.  It’s about something that Northwestern finds much more scary: sharing even just a smidgen of power with the athletes it exploits.  For more, read below the fold.

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