ERIC Number: ED266821
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
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A Study of Governance in the Unionized Two-Year Institution.
Chandler, Margaret K.; Julius, Daniel J.
A study was conducted to assess the extent to which faculty associations in two-year colleges have penetrated certain management functions or rights, to determine the impact of academic unions on traditional "faculty rights," and to develop predictors of the extent of faculty association penetration into management areas. The study involved an analysis of 184 two-year collective bargaining agreements, focusing on long-range planning, retrenchment, promotion, appointment, nonrenewal, tenure, and management rights. Study findings include the following: (1) 58% of the faculties had elected the National Education Association (NEA), and 32% elected the American Federation of Teachers (AFT); (2) for 20.6% of the sample, there had been a change in the bargaining agent; (3) faculty associations had made only modest contractual inroads in the administrative and personnel areas; (4) all of the agreements contained a managements rights clause, and nearly 70% contained strong rights statements; (5) unions in two-year colleges were less successful than those in four-year institutions in pushing into traditional personnel areas; (6) local economic, political and organizational factors played a more determining role in shaping the bargaining process for community colleges than for four-year institutions; (7) faculty rights scores for schools in the private sector were significantly higher than scores in public institutions; (8) contracts associated with the AFT were strongest with respect to safeguarding faculty rights; (9) regions with healthy economies, fewer urban centers, and an absence of traditional ethnic bonds were less likely to favor organized group action; (10) NEA and American Association of University Professors contracts reflected the highest management rights mean scores; and (11) the identity and stability of the exclusive representative was a crucial and significant variable in assessing bargaining outcomes. (LAL)
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