Our Weekly Reader for the Week of 2/17/2013

1. On unions:
a. The DI on the SEIU situation, the second quoting Ricky Baldwin as saying there has been “definite movement”.
http://www.dailyillini.com/news/campus/article_800f2c16-740d-11e2-9a0f-001a4bcf6878.html

http://www.dailyillini.com/news/campus/article_2c6500ce-765e-11e2-8278-001a4bcf6878.html

b. NG report on demonstrations at Flex-N-Gate. S. R. Khan is our May Commencement speaker. This could become ineresting.
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/business/employment/2013-02-14/rally-part-union-push-five-states.html

c. Tim Cain’s review of the research on faculty unions (see Feb. 9 entry).
http://iprh.wordpress.com/

d. Essay: “Three reasons even right-wing Republicans should like unions”
http://www.alternet.org/labor/3-reasons-even-right-wing-republicans-should-unions

e. Nurses union NFN plans to affiliate with AFT (beating out AFSCME) and “fun” at Cablevision
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/14/business/seeking-growth-nurses-union-links-to-teachers-union.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/12/nyregion/at-cablevision-norma-raes-been-escorted-outside.html

2. On pensions:
http://www.sj-r.com/thedome/x766868317/The-state-of-pension-reform-House-and-Senate-divide-persists

http://www.sj-r.com/thedome/x846054923/State-of-Illinois-record-of-shorting-pensions-goes-back-decades

There is also an updated minibriefing 02.15.2013 (and other updates) from the invaluable suaa.org
3. On the UI lab in Chicago:

See articles below on 2/13, 2/14

4. A public university tries to deal with salary compression
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/02/11/university-tries-deal-salary-compression-among-faculty-members

5. The SEC is interested in faculty opinion about how shared governance works (at least on the department and college level)
http://www.dailyillini.com/news/campus/article_73491fd2-74d0-11e2-9eb7-0019bb30f31a.html

6. And finally… a game theory professor gets hoist by his own too-clever grading scheme:
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/02/12/students-boycott-final-challenge-professors-grading-policy-and-get
http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/14/gaming-the-system/