Part V: “A fight for the soul of the university”: the unionization of contingent faculty

For traditional scholars nostalgic of a golden age of academia, when professors were at the heart of campus operations, the rising proportion of part-time faculty signifies the devaluing of the professorship and the commodification of liberal arts.

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Flint, Michigan – A city in crisis

In 2014, the city of Flint, Michigan switched water suppliers in an effort to save money. Originally, the city concluded that moving from their current water provider, Detroit Water and Sewage Department, to the Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA) would save the city $200 million over the next 25 years.

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Part-time professor sues faculty union

Kurt Lichtmann, lecturer at Ithaca College, has filed a lawsuit with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 200 for allegedly withholding his “Beck rights” — a 1988 Supreme Court precedent that would allow him to withdraw his membership from the union.

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