Friedrichs, the Roberts Court, and the willful ignorance of privilege

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. If the discussion yesterday is any indication—and usually it’s a pretty good one—the Supreme Court seems poised to make a serious blow against public employee unions. And it’s part of a pattern: this Supreme Court’s credence of arguments that support privilege. This time, it’s… More Friedrichs, the Roberts Court, and the willful ignorance of privilege

Great news: University of Southern Maine to avoid cuts. There IS power in a union!

As reported by Ry Rivard in Inside Higher Ed today, the president of the University of Southern Maine announced last Friday that she will be consulting the faculty so as to avoid the laying off faculty.  The news is not totally good, as USM will still be laying off 34 staff people, cutting several programs,… More Great news: University of Southern Maine to avoid cuts. There IS power in a union!

Required watching: MICA adjuncts speak about the benefits of unionization

Adjuncts at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) are voting now on unionization.  Here are three of them speaking about the benefits of unionization, as well as, from their perspectives, the difference between being part-time, contingent faculty and tenure-track faculty. For a more detailed discussion of some of the particulars, see the interview (scroll down that page… More Required watching: MICA adjuncts speak about the benefits of unionization

I’m runnin’ for office! Now assembling team, accepting bribes, um, LEGAL campaign donations

Yes, it’s true, I’m running for Party Secretary secretary of the Faculty Politburo BGSU-FA, BGSU my fine university’s AAUP-affiliated chapter.  And, with the Supreme Court continuing to strike down limits on campaign funding, I’m assembling my team.  Below is a clip from the documentary of my campaign; the important part begins at :30: [youtube http://youtu.be/_JmylSHuPvg?t=30s]

Support the Portland State faculty: sign the petition!

The Portland State faculty, through their AAUP chapter, have voted to go on strike.  Read about it , and sign the petition to show your support.