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ERIC Number: EJ1166900
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 157
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1551-6970
Special Issue: Campus Unions: Organized Faculty and Graduate Students in U.S. Higher Education
Cain, Timothy Reese
ASHE Higher Education Report, v43 n3 p1-175 2017
The unionization of instructional workers is a central feature of U.S. higher education, with more than a quarter of those teaching college classes covered by collectively bargained contracts. Though dated, the best existing numbers indicate that more than 430,000 faculty members, graduate students, and related personnel are in bargaining units; thousands more are in nonbargaining units affiliated with organized labor. This monograph examines the existing research literature on the attitudes about and effects of faculty and graduate student unions. In so doing, it highlights the great scholarly interest in the topic in the early years of widespread bargaining but the increasing neglect as the growth of faculty unions slowed after the Supreme Court of the United States' decision in "National Labor Relations Board v. Yeshiva University" (1980), which severely limited the abilities of tenure-line faculty at private colleges and universities to collectively bargain. This neglect is especially unfortunate as the broader changes in U.S. higher education and its staffing, as well as the methodological advances of recent decades, might offer new or different information about this key aspect of higher education organization and policy. Still, useful research does exist and helps shed light on the causes and effects of unionization both historically and in the modern era. Capturing, analyzing, and synthesizing this research is the main purpose of this monograph. Contents of this monograph include: (1) Executive Summary; (2) Foreword (Kelley Ward, and Lisa Wolf-Wende); (3) Introduction; (4) History and Context; (5) Effects of Tenure-Line Faculty Unions; (6) Non-Tenure-Line and Part-Time Faculty Unionization; (7) Graduate Student Unionization; and (8) Current Understandings and Future Directions. The general themes and findings presented here based on the best available evidence, indicate a need for more work to be undertaken to truly ascertain the implications of unionization in modern higher education in the United States.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Collected Works - Serial; Information Analyses
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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