703. Strength in Numbers: Unionization as a Strategy for Reducing Faculty Vulnerability
Monday, 12 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., Sheffield, Chicago Marriott
Program arranged by the American Association of University Professors
Presiding: Gwendolyn Bradley, American Assn. of University Professors
Speakers: Granville Ganter, Saint John's Univ., NY; M. Scott McFarland, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago; Walter Benn Michaels, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago; Kira Schuman, American Assn. of University Professors; Robin J. Sowards, Duquesne Univ.
As public funding dwindles, education is redefined as job training, and academic institutions are run more and more like Walmart, humanities faculty members are increasingly vulnerable. Hear from faculty members who have formed unions—graduate-employee, contingent-faculty, and tenure-line—to fight for reasonable working conditions, the faculty voice in academic decision making, and academic standards.
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