Our Weekly Reader for the Week of 3/3/2013

Another week where more was going on behind the scenes than in the public eye. Deep thanks to all who have suggested links. 1. Labor: (a) SEIU announced its intention to strike if negotiations (which are continuing) do not work out.http://www.news-gazette.com/news/business/employment/2013-02-25/union-ready-strike-against-ui-last-resort.htmlhttp://www.dailyillini.com/news/campus/article_54696c96-7fd1-11e2-bdf5-0019bb30f31a.html(b) AFSCME and Gov. Quinn reach a not-completely-public agreement http://www.news-gazette.com/news/politics-and-government/2013-02-28/afscme-quinns-office-reach-tentative-agreement.html 2. Pensions: (a) Several newContinue reading “Our Weekly Reader for the Week of 3/3/2013”

Our Weekly Reader for the Week of 2/24/2013

A busy week. The semester’s themes in the news are emerging: local union matters, the pension, and the rise of the MOOC. In the first two cases, the most important decisions are being made in negotiations behind closed doors and it’s hard to know what’s really going on. In addition, those who are following theContinue reading “Our Weekly Reader for the Week of 2/24/2013”

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 (seeContinue reading “Our Weekly Reader for the Week of 2/17/2013”

Our Weekly Reader, 2/10/2013

The big stories this week seem to be the discussions of collective bargaining and continuing debates over pensions. Moocs continue to be keeping on keeping on.  — Bruce 1. The Senate discussed collective bargaining on Monday. The text of Randy McCarthy’s presentation and press coverage are below. https://cfaillinois.org/2013/02/06/why-i-want-collective-bargaining/ http://www.news-gazette.com/news/business/employment/2013-02-05/unionization-plan-stirs-ui-senate-debate.html http://www.dailyillini.com/news/campus/article_441f3e8a-6f53-11e2-a286-0019bb30f31a.html 2. Continuing pension coverage canContinue reading “Our Weekly Reader, 2/10/2013”