Magazine article Academe

Organizing in and outside a Union

Magazine article Academe

Organizing in and outside a Union

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THIS ISSuE OF ACAdEME focuses on faculty organizing, a topic that the magazine has treated previously but perhaps not quite in this way. The contents reflect the AAuP's commitment to organizing not just tenured and tenure-track faculty who can form collective bargaining units, but also advocacy chapters of faculty members at private colleges and universities and full- and part-time contingent faculty.

Organizing in higher education is a crucial topic at this time when collective bargaining rights and shared governance are under sustained attack, faculty appointments without tenure or other protections for academic freedom have become the norm, and the quality of uS higher education is in jeopardy.

A number of the articles in this issue focus on the challenges and rewards of organizing for faculty on contingent appointments. In the lead article, David Kociemba describes the formation of the AAuP chapter of adjunct faculty at Emerson College. In the process, he provides a detailed primer on the substantial challenges involved in organizing such a chapter, even in a pro-labor state. As "right to work" becomes a fact of life in some previously pro-labor states, the strategies employed by the leadership of this chapter will have to be adopted by many collective bargaining chapters representing tenured and tenure-track faculty.

Miranda Merklein describes how adjunct faculty have played a major role in organizing a new advocacy chapter at Santa Fe Community College, where all faculty hold contingent appointments and the full-time faculty members are hired on renewable or temporary contracts. And Simeon Dreyfuss describes the formation of another new AAuP advocacy chapter, this one at Marylhurst uni- versity in Portland, Oregon. All of the faculty at Marylhurst, a Catholic liberal arts institution, are also contingent. Ron Bramhall provides an insightful over- view of the negotiation of the initial contract at the university of Oregon. …

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