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New Data on Faculty Strikes

August 28, 2019

There were 42 faculty and staff strikes and one lockout across academe from 2012 to 2018, according to a new study, with about two strikes per year involving professors. Adjuncts were involved in nearly all the faculty strikes. Half of the strikes involved nonacademic staff, one-third (14) involved professors and one-sixth involved graduate assistants. The number of strikes doubled from 2017 to 2018. There were 172 faculty strikes from 1966 to 1994, averaging nearly six per year.

Average strike length from the more recent period was nearly three days, compared to nearly 14 days in the earlier period. States with the greatest number of strikes in 2012 to 2018 were Illinois, California and Washington. The study was co-written by William Herbert, executive director of the Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions at Hunter College of the City University of New York.


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