Unions and Academic "Labor": Where Next? -- NEMLA Conference, Boston, 21 - 4 Mar., 2013

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Maria Plochocki
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Recent movements such as those in Wisconsin, New York City, and elsewhere in the country have served to call renewed attention to labor unions, specifically those for workers in the public sector and, by implication, at public institutions of higher learning. Whilst the support for Wisconsin's public employees bore fruit and was widely considered a victory, the continued exploitation of faculty, esp. contingent, as well as graduate students, makes clear the continued crisis.
This roundtable will serve as a forum to begin discussing the relevance and functioning of academic labor unions and bargaining units in our times: should graduate students have the right to unionize and bargain? What about contingent faculty, incl. adjuncts? Whom should such unions include as members and represent? What can and should their agendas include?

Proposals of 250 words (MS Word attachments) and/ or queries to Maria Plochocki at bastet801@att.net.