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New Academe is a Call to Action for the Fight Ahead

BY KELLY HAND With the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump just two days away, and with legislators in several states targeting higher education—through efforts to eliminate tenure (Iowa and Missouri) and specific courses or programs (Wisconsin and Arizona)—there is an urgent need for faculty to take action to protect academic freedom and quality higher education. The…

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On This Day of Thanks

BY MARTIN KICH I am thankful for all of those who have worked and who continue to work to promote workers’ rights and to insure that workers have some meaningful voice in their workplaces. I am thankful to those who have worked and who continue to work to insure that workers receive fair treatment, a…

Labor Day--Mural

The Self-Declared “Voice of the Working Man” on the Workers’ Holiday

BY MARTIN KICH This is how the official Trump campaign site marked Labor Day:   Trump did, however, tweet about his meeting with union leaders at an American Legion Post in Youngstown–after he bragged about some very selectively highlighted poll numbers: Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump  Heading to Youngstown, Ohio now-some great polls. #AmericaFirst   Donald J.…

Underutilized Governance: The Faculty Senate

At the AAUP Shared Governance Conference this past weekend, I listened to quite a few panelists talk about the importance of the Faculty Senate as a vehicle for shared governance in our colleges and universities. I won’t go into detail on the panels right now, only saying that I hope to convince many of those…