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ERIC Number: ED131760
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Faculty Unions: Criticism and Structure.
Thomas, C. R.
Collective Bargaining Perspectives, v1 n9 Entire Issue 1976
Faculty unions have become a reality on many college campuses. This paper examines some of the objections of the public and college administrators toward faculty unions. Public criticism usually centers on the possible increased costs of education generated by union demands, while the college management complains that union grievance and other procedures are time consuming; union demands ignore financial budgets; and union insistence on seniority over merit in hiring and promotion discourages managerial decisions by the administration. Nonunion members argue that unions are unprofessional organizations and could ruin the quality of education. Union members criticize the slowness of change within the union structure and the need for uniformity at the expense of the individual. The nature of the union leadership and the political structure of the union are controversial subjects causing intensive debate over the question of whether the faculty union is democratic or oligarchical in nature. Finally, the varying influence of union goals and faculty norms on the unions is discussed. (JMF)
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, College Administration, College Faculty, Faculty, Faculty Organizations, Higher Education, Organization, Union Members, Unions
Dept. of Education Administration, West Virginia Univ., Morgantown, West Virginia.
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: West Virginia Univ., Morgantown. Dept. of Educational Administration.