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Cary Nelson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814758595

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814758595.001.0001

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The Future of Faculty Unionization

The Future of Faculty Unionization

(p.127) [ 5 ] The Future of Faculty Unionization
No University Is an Island

Cary Nelson

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the history, development, and future of faculty unionization in the United States and explores the importance of collective bargaining for the faculty. Collective bargaining can restore shared governance to a campus where it has declined or can establish it for the first time. A union can play a major role in strengthening faculty morale. When all parties bargain in good faith, collective bargaining is a method for conflict negotiation and resolution. It provides procedures and a time line for grievance resolution. It can also establish raises and benefits based on good-faith negotiation. In addition, the chapter describes how some members of the academe oppose unionism. Faculty at elite schools worry that unions would encourage mediocrity, rather than a meritocracy, and thus would undercut familiar practices such as merit pay.

Keywords:   faculty unionization, United States, collective bargaining, governance, unionism, grievance resolution, mediocrity, merit pay

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