The petition for a faculty union election has prompted an important debate about who is faculty and what it means to be faculty at the U of M. The university’s central administration and, now, a group of tenured faculty have argued for an exclusive and narrow definition that either bars many contingent faculty or removes all contingent faculty from our legally defined “instructional” unit.
WHEREAS, the labor movement is founded in the powerful understanding that solidarity with all peoples who struggle for respect, dignity, civic courage, and social justice enhances all lives and sustains the environment we all share, and WHEREAS, we recognize that there is no economic justice without racial justice, and that […]
Dear Colleagues, Faculty opposed to forming a union at the U of M – Twin Cities campus have made a number of claims in their arguments that do not stand up to close scrutiny. Today, we are addressing claims about union dues and about the effects of faculty unions on salaries […]
Dear Colleagues, In recent weeks, many of you have received information from colleagues suggesting that a faculty union will undermine the quality of the faculty at the University of Minnesota and have therefore urged you to join them in opposing our efforts to form a faculty union. These communications assert […]