Friday, October 16, 2009

If Rupert is against it, it must be a good idea!

The Wall Street Journal weighs in on the unionization of the faculty here in Wisconsin. Can you guess what they think?

It is a discussion that we should be having on campus, but this is not really the place to start. You can read about how unions have destroyed higher education in the United States--oh wait, that hasn't happened even though a quite substantial percentage of faculty is already unionized!

It is worth a weekend read.


XBadger said...

"Wisconsin tests whether profs will be thinkers or unionists."

I didn't realize those two things were mutually exclusive.

Once again, the WSJ manages to be incredibly offensive.

As Michael Apple at the UW once said in class, "Ever wonder why the newspaper has a Business section but not a Labor section?"

Lammers said...

I never thought unions were appropriate for professionals. I believed that professionals were accorded a level of respect and courtesy by their employers that would be damaged by the confrontationalism inherent in unionization.

Then I took a job in Wisconsin.

I am tired for being the scapegoat of anti-intellectual rabble-rousers in government, the media, and elsewhere. I am tired of being disrespected. The powers-that-be have used us as a punching bag too long. They have sown and now they shall reap.

For me, it's not about money, it's about respect. If they won't respect us for what we are and what we do, then let them fear a union for what IT can do.

Working To Make A Living said...

I don't think you profs. have the balls to form a union. In turn demand substantive change for higher ed. As it stands currently, higher ed is little more than over priced trade school.