ERIC Number: ED104196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Unionization of Professors at the University of Delaware. Special Report No. 13.
Sawicki, Robert L.
On May 12, 1972, the University of Delaware Chapter of the American Association of University Professors was elected as the exclusive bargaining agent for all regular members of the voting faculty. There had been no threats of a cutback in faculty positions by the administration. No bills had been introduced in the state legislature to eliminate tenure, increase workloads, or curtail fiscal autonomy of the university. Undoubtedly, the professors had been affected by news of these occurrences at other institutions. The deteriorating conditions of the academic job market presented an even more direct threat to these professors. By May 1972, many of the faculty had begun to realize that they no longer had the mobility, bargaining power, or job security that was formerly taken for granted. Individious comparison with unionized workers in the public sector, especially secondary school and junior college teachers, could have been one of the other factors that motivated the professors to unionize. This article examines the certification campaign and attempts to explain exactly what factors motivated the professors to make a break with tradition. (Author/PG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Washington, DC.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.; Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Academic Collective Bargaining Information Service, Washington, DC.