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ERIC Number: EJ1191478
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0748-8475
Sticking to the Union: The War on Organized Faculty and How We Can Resist
Volchok, Edward
Thought & Action, v34 n1 p23-48 Sum 2018
Right-to-work (RTW) laws neither provide opportunity for gainful employment nor a higher standard of living. In truth, by ending a union's ability to charge administrative fees to employees who benefit from their collectively bargained contract, these laws aim to weaken unions and silence workers. They are designed to help employers, not workers. On June 27, 2018, with its long anticipated 5 to 4 decision in "Janus v. AFSCME," the Supreme Court has made RTW the law of the land. In this article, the author reviews the decades of well-funded, anti-union RTW activism that led to this decision. The focus of this article is on public-sector unions, in general, and faculty and staff unions in particular. The author shows that RTW is part of a movement to weaken unions, abolish collective bargaining in the public sector, privatize higher education, eliminate faculty tenure, and curtail academic freedom. The article discusses how faculty union leaders and rank-and-file members can--and "must"--resist for the sake of our students, our universities, our communities, and ourselves.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)