Faculty Union Membership Rising, Study Reports

Study Finds Continued Growth of Unions for Faculty Members and Graduate Students

By Peter Schmidt (Chronicle of Higher Education)

New York

The number of college faculty members and graduate-student employees represented by unions has risen substantially over the past five years. But such growth might be slowing as a result of moves by state legislatures to curtail collective-bargaining rights, among other recent developments, according to a report published by the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions.

The report, released here on Sunday at the center’s annual conference on academic labor, says 14 percent more college faculty members, or nearly 50,000, belong to recognized collective-bargaining units than was the case five years ago, when the report’s most recent previous version was published.(….)

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