More Than Money

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Scholars of collective bargaining in higher ed say wage gains from unions are minimal at four-year institutions, but significant at community colleges -- and that in both sectors, impact goes beyond pay.

Tactic's Father Revealed

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The legal reasoning that underpins the bill that seeks to scuttle collective bargaining for faculty unions in Ohio's public colleges came from the president of the state's association of universities, he said Tuesday.

The Professor's Night Job

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A former assistant professor of psychology at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, Calif., has sued the institution for sex discrimination, alleging that she was fired for performing in an off-campus burlesque act.

Strife at RISD

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No-confidence vote in president and provost sheds light on tensions within schools of art -- and higher education. How interdisciplinary can an institution be without strong disciplines?

In It Together in California

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Faculty unions and the Los Rios and San Diego Community College Districts find labor harmony by basing contracts on shared revenue agreements.

IRB Overreach?

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Faculty member sues Brown U. for barring her from using her own research because she paid her subjects different amounts of money.

Feeling the Heat to Retire

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Senior faculty at Vermont state college say they were told to step aside or junior faculty would have to be let go.

A Heavier Load in Ohio

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Governor’s plan to force faculty to teach one more class every two years sparks more bitterness.

'Organize Or Die' in Florida

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Three bills that are advancing in Florida’s statehouse are pushing faculty union leaders to ramp up organizing efforts this semester to stave off the extinction of several chapters.

One of the bills would require a majority of faculty members to officially join unions -- and it would decertify the unions if they did not cross that threshold. At many campuses, a majority of faculty are not members, and signing up would require them to have 1 percent of their salaries deducted for union dues.

'An Unwanted Consequence'

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After Ben Barres delivered a lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, another scientist was overheard making a telling remark.

"Ben Barres gave a great talk today,” the scientist reportedly said, as Barres related the story to the journal Nature in 2006. “His work is much better than his sister's."


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