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Another victory for education unionization: Adjuncts make deal with Kaplan

As reported in today’s Insidehighered.com, the for-profit firm Kaplan, Inc. has just inked a collective bargaining agreement with 65 English-as-a-second-language (ESOL) part-time instructors in New York City.  This is on the heels of several other recent adjunct collective bargaining victories over the past months.

Of course, there’s lots of work to do, and this particular deal was in a particularly union-friendly environment (New York), and that  this was not Kaplan’s higher education division.  SEIU organizer Malini Cadambi Daniel has suggested that for-profits might actually be more fertile ground for unionization than at non-profits or religious institutions, because for-profits would be less ideologically opposed to unionization and only see it as a “business decision.”  I must admit to being baffled by this line of reasoning: since when has for-profit American not been ideologically opposed to unionization?

Small steps, admittedly, but all steps in the right direction.

Friday funnies, 4-18: cartoonists on athletes and unionization

Can’t have NCAA athletes stick up for themselves! It will end civilization!

It will be the end of the game! Parents won’t be able to play catch with their kids!  Snow will fall up!  The terrorists will win!  So said critics of the possibility of baseball players being free agents (when the issue came before the Supreme Court in 1915), and when Major League baseball integrated in 1947.  And so, now, say critics now of NCAA players possibly unionizing.  And they’re not standing by while those darn unionists destroy America, apple pie, and the opportunity for athletes to promote cars and tortilla chips!

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