Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Threat to Faculty Unions (Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed)
     WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to consider a case that could effectively make union membership dues optional for public employees. The vast majority of faculty members who are represented by unions are in public higher education, and such a shift could be devastating to the financing of their unions.
     Currently the norm for faculty unions is that if they win a vote to represent a bargaining unit, all members of that unit must pay for the costs of collective bargaining in the form of dues. Members of a unit who object to political stances of a union may get a refund for those expenses, but are still required to pay what is known as a “fair share” of union costs that are related to bargaining and representation. That requirement could go away, depending on how the Supreme Court rules….

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Half-staff: ten days and counting.

The flags outside A-100 has been flying at half-stafft for ten days now. even the one of the regular Jehovah's Witness women noticed ...