ERIC Number: ED170015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Changing Administrative Relations Under Collective Bargaining. Junior College Resource Review.
Collective bargaining in community colleges has spread throughout the country since 1966 when the first strike occurred in Michigan. Today, around one-third of public community colleges are operating under such agreements. Collective bargaining changes an informal faculty-administration relationship of unequals into a formal one of nearly equal parties. Because many policies and procedures are spelled out in contracts, administrators may be reduced to ministerial functionaries, especially in areas dealing with salaries, working conditions, and welfare provisions. Except for those in the top ranks, administrators have limited influence in the negotiating process. This deterioration of middle-management influence, plus the improvement of the faculty position through collective bargaining, has caused middle-managers as well to seek benefits through the collective bargaining process. Collective bargaining is accentuating the trend toward greater state control by increasing the authority of the state executive branch in all matters subject to negotiation. One must conclude that collective bargaining is here to stay and that most administrators are making adjustments to the new order. Collective bargaining has not destroyed collegiality, and many ways remain for administrators to demonstrate leadership. (MB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.