MARY MALLORY Associate Professor, Library Collective bargaining can provide fairness and equity in health and wellness benefits, pensions, and salaries. These are bread-and-butter issues. We all deserve solutions—roses too. In addition, multiple voices with diverse advocacies are now required in support of continuous excellence in higher education, in particular at public institutions. Give their missionContinue reading “Mary Mallory”
JAMES BARRETT Professor, History Unionization will help us protect salaries and benefits, which will help to recruit and retain faculty and also do something more important. As the administration turns toward a corporate model for the university, collective bargaining will provide our faculty with a more powerful, independent voice in the complex process of governance.Continue reading “James Barrett”
D. FAIRCHILD RUGGLES Professor, Landscape Architecture Faculty members deserve adequate health insurance, stable pensions, reliable salaries that are not subject to thinly disguised cuts, and a working day that is not extended to twelve or fourteen hours because of staffing reductions. When we act collectively, we have a better chance of maintaining academic excellence, helpingContinue reading “D. Fairchild Ruggles”
ROCHELLE GUTIERREZ Professor, Curriculum and Instruction In an era of constant attacks on higher education from the corporate world, I want to be part of a university where we have a greater say in the way the academy can be run and can contribute to society. A union can help us do that.
ANGELA WILEY Associate Professor, Human and Community Development Shared governance at the university makes sense as higher education rapidly evolves in ways that threaten our overall mission. Having faculty truly participate in decision making allows a world-class institution to make full use of the intellectual resources within it. Making faculty full participants in governance wouldContinue reading “Angela Wiley”
RUTILIO “RUDY” FRATTI Assistant Professor, Biochemistry In an age of looming austerity, a union serves to protect against destructive budget cuts.
STEVEN ERREDE Professor, Physics I care deeply about our university and its academic mission. I support unionization because the decisions and the actions of the administration over the past three decades have increasingly been at odds with the true academic mission of this university. The shared governance of the Faculty Senate—in its solely advisory capacity—hasContinue reading “Steven Errede”
HOWARD BERENBAUM Professor, Psychology The interests of faculty may sometimes conflict with the interests of administrators, or others connected to the university, and it is not safe to assume that a university president, provost, or chancellor will always best represent faculty interests. A strong faculty union is the best way to protect and promote facultyContinue reading “Howard Berenbaum”
Terri Weissman Assistant Professor, Art History A union will provide faculty with an open and democratic forum to make their views known. Changes to pension and health care benefits may be out of the university’s control, but collective bargaining would enable us to compensate for those increased costs. A union of faculty would also supportContinue reading “Terri Weissman”
Anthony Leggett John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Physics and Center for Advanced Study Professor of Physics; Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics (2003) Even with the best will in the world and the best people in the world, it is inevitable that the thinking of university administrators and of the politiciansContinue reading “Anthony Leggett”
Faranak Miraftab Professor, Urban and Regional Planning The truth is that I joined the Campus Faculty Association late in my career—only a year or so ago—because I had simply assumed that university professors must be part of a union already! How could we, the ones who teach about the history of people’s struggles, not haveContinue reading “Faranak Miraftab”
JON THALER Professor of Physics and Professor of Astronomy Recent history tells us that the faculty needs to have a voice that serves the faculty and is not beholden to other campus or institutional interests. A faculty union can serve this purpose – the objections raised by some who have other interests in mind canContinue reading “Jon Thaler”