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Category Archives: unions

Putting the Compensation of the Leaders of National Unions in a Meaningful Context

  The Taxable Compensation of the Presidents of the Largest Unions in the U.S.:   In February 2014, the National Review published an article by Jim Geraghty titled “America’s Richest … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

Union Membership Boosts Children’s Advancement

The following was reported last month in The New York Times: It is well established that unions provide benefits to workers — that they raise wages for their members (and … Continue reading

October 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Professionalism and Unionism: Academic Freedom, Collective Bargaining, and the American Association of University Professors

Not too long ago I was on a panel about academic freedom at the University of California, Davis, with Robert Post, Dean of Yale Law School, former AAUP General Counsel … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

Outrageous moves to foster runaway salaries for administrators

Michael Behrent, the president of the Appalachian State University chapter of the AAUP, and John Steen, Program Coordinator of Scholars for North Carolina’s Future (with contribution from Jim Carmichael, professor at UNC … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

Updates on Two Legal Cases with Relevance to Higher Education

First, the Chronicle of Higher Education has provided this update on former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannion’s suit to receive some of the revenue generated from the sale of products … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

Walker in Reverse: Right-to-Work for Just the Private Sector to Be Introduced in Ohio House

  Ohio State Rep. Tom Brinkman has announced that he is planning on introducing a bill that will ban “closed shops” and forbid unions from charging “fair-share fees” to non-union … Continue reading

September 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

“Right to Work,” by the Numbers: Part 11: Adult Obesity Rates

Comparing the following two maps does not provide a basis for making the case that “right to work” enhances public health and the quality of life of workers and their … Continue reading

September 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

“Right to Work,” by the Numbers: Part 10: Unemployment Rates in August 2015

You cannot make the case that “right to work” increases employment opportunities by comparing these two maps:     __________________________ Previous posts in this series have included: Part 1: Population … Continue reading

September 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

In Exiting the Presidential Race, Walker Conflates His Financially and Morally Bankrupt Campaign with a Personal Message from God

Here is what Scott Walker said in his exit speech: “The Bible is full of stories about people who are called to be leaders in unusual ways. Today, I believe … Continue reading

September 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

Walker Suspends Presidential Campaign: Wrecking Wisconsin Not a Springboard to the White House After All

This from the Washington Post: “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker suspended his presidential campaign today, effectively ending a once-promising GOP presidential bid that collapsed over the summer. “Walker, who tumbled from … Continue reading

September 21, 2015 · 2 Comments



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