Unionization in the Academy is an authoritative, balanced, and comprehensive account of academic unions-their history, purpose, and the conflicts they cause. Judith Wagner DeCew takes on the central issues, including unions for part-time and adjunct faculty, graduate student unions, and collective bargaining. The book also includes a history of the rise of academic unions and its watershed moments, such as the U.S. Supreme Court's 1980 Yeshiva decision. A series of important articles by other observers supplements DeCew's insights and arguments. This combination yields a detailed survey of the arguments for and against academic unions of all kinds. Are unions a threat because they create adversity and conflict with academic values? Or do unions support those values by creating community and collegiality? Unions in Academia is the essential reader for faculty, students, administrators, and anyone else trying to answer those questions.
Judith Wagner DeCew is professor of philosophy at Clark University. She is the author of In Pursuit of Privacy: Law, Ethics and the Rise of Technology (1997) and co-editor of Theory and Practice (1996).
Part 1 PART I: Commentary Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Faculty Unions: Background and History Chapter 4 Arguments For and Against Faculty Unions, and The Problem of Legitimacy Chapter 5 The Yeshiva Decision and Unions at Private Institutions Chapter 6 Major Effects of Faculty Unionization Chapter 7 Unionization Among Part-Time Faculty Chapter 8 Graduate Student Unions Chapter 9 Unionization for Undergraduate RAs: One Case Study Chapter 10 Conclusion Part 11 PART II: Selected Readings Part 12 Section I: Faculty Unions and Academic Politics Chapter 13 Professors, Unions, and American Higher Education: "Concluding Observations" Chapter 14 Academic Politics: "Faculty Unions and the Academic Perception" Chapter 15 "Restoring Sanity to an Academic World Gone Mad" Chapter 16 "Are Unions Good for Professors?" Part 17 Section II: Faculty Unions and the Legal Landscape Chapter 18 "Collective Bargaining and the Professoriate: What the Law Says" Chapter 19 "The Yeshiva Faculty Union: Tales Told Out of School" Part 20 Section III: Unionization and Part-Time Faculty Chapter 21 "To Many Adjuncts, Academic Freedom is a Myth: As the ranks of part-timers swell, they lament how easily colleges can dump them" Chapter 22 "The AAUP Organizes Part-Time Faculty: An Experiment in Community Responsibility Suggests that Part- and Full-Time Faculty Can Enrich Another's Professional Lives" Part 24 Selected Bibliography