ERIC Number: ED187165
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Demographic Trends in Higher Education: Collective Bargaining and Forced Unionism?
Bennett, James T.; Johnson, Manuel H.
Demographic and economic trends that will influence higher education and the implications for collective bargaining and forced faculty unionism are considered. Section II presents enrollment and cost data for the period 1965-1985, which determine the demand for instructional staff at colleges and universities; data are also provided on the supply of potential academicians for both public and private institutions. Declining enrollment figures and reduced tuition revenues imply decreased demand for faculty at the same time that the supply of academic professionals is increasing. This will cause growing faculty concern about job security and compensation, which is likely to create increasing pressures for collective bargaining as an alternative to the faculty tenure system. In Section III, an historical perspective is given of the growth and performance of collective bargaining in higher education. It is argued that all previous studies on academic unions contain substantial biases that favor unionism because the costs associated with union organizing, membership and bargaining have been ignored. It is concluded that collective bargaining in general, and forced unionism in particular, will not give individual professors the higher pay and job security they are seeking. Academic unions may also create additional bureaucracies and red tape, alter the traditional relationships between faculty and administration, and weaken the faculty's role in institutional decision-making. A short list of references is appended. (DC)
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, College Faculty, Compensation (Remuneration), Costs, Data Collection, Decision Making, Demography, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Organizations, Higher Education, Labor Relations, Negotiation Agreements, Tenure, Unions
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Inst. for Economic Research, Los Angeles, CA.