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Delta College Professors Unionize

January 22, 2019

The faculty at Delta College in Michigan voted to unionize, 145 to 24, with one ballot not marked, according to the Midland Daily News. The new bargaining unit is affiliated with the National Education Association. Delta was previously Michigan’s only community college without a faculty union. Faculty members have publicly stated that they are less concerned about compensation issues than shared governance at the college. Delta president Jean Goodnow told the Daily News, “I don't believe collective bargaining is going to be a detriment.”

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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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