Academic Labor: Research and Artistry (ALRA) is a peer-reviewed open access journal launched in 2016 by the Center for the Study of Academic Labor at Colorado State University. ALRA seeks submissions of articles on academic labor markets and labor relations, both nationally and internationally. Along with our center and website, we offer a research home … More Call for papers: Academic Labor, Research and Artistry
By Henry Heller, Radhika Desai As one of us wrote in these pages a few weeks ago, the recent University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) strike stood to win historically significant gains in the ongoing battle against the commodification and corporatization of education. Sensing this, faculty unions across the country and around the world were watching … More Henry Heller & Radhika Desai on the UMFA strike settlement at U of Manitoba
By Radhika Desai, As I walk the picket lines with my colleagues, still strongly supporting the strike in its second week with no sign of a resolution, our stakes are very concrete: increased workloads, performance indicators, and arbitrary management decisions affecting job security, tenure, academic freedom, and collegial governance. At the same time, as a … More Radhika Desai on University of Manitoba Strike
While teachers continue to walk the picket line, a professor in the Department of Philosophy says the “soul of the university” is on the line. Arthur Schafer, who is also the founding director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics, said the strike is all tied to a shift in culture at the University … More ‘Soul of the university’ on the line with U of M strike
The faculty of the University of Manitoba has voted in favour of a strike, after collective bargaining negotiations with university officials deteriorated. For more information, see here, here, and here URPE offers its strong support and solidarity with respect to the current social action and the many challenges the faculty has been facing throughout the … More University of Manitoba Professors are on strike! In solidarity!
In the past year, UMass administrators have eliminated all funding for graduate students (including teaching and research assistantships) and all funding for part-time faculty who have taught the required curriculum for many years. They have made efforts to take governance of the program out of the hands of Labor Center faculty, effectively eliminated the Center’s professional … More Save the UMass Amherst Labor Center: Sign the Petition!
From The Nation, In April, the union and the administration began negotiating a new contract to replace the one set to expire on August 31. Sticking points included cuts to wages for new full-time faculty and adjuncts, the longstanding imbalance in salaries at the Brooklyn campus compared to those at the Post campus on Long … More Faculty Are Locked Out at LIU Brooklyn
From Michael D. Yates: This letter is from Eve Weinbaum, Director of the Labor Center at UMass-Amherst. She writes about the abominable efforts of the university administration to get rid of the Labor Center and its despicable treatment of her. Eve is an outstanding champion of workers, at her own university and across the country. … More UMass-Amherst preparing to abolish Labor Center
From New York Times: Students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities will be allowed to vote to unionize under a ruling Tuesday by the National Labor Relations Board that found that they are employees under federal labor law. The case arose from a union election petition filed by a group of … More Graduate Students Clear Hurdle to Form Unions
Call for Papers: The Political Economy of University, INC. Neoliberal restructuring includes an unprecedented attack on the autonomy of universities, their faculties, administrators, support staffs and students. How has your work as a professor, graduate student, educational support professional, administrator or researcher changed in response to policies designed to remake the University in the image … More Call for Papers: The Political Economy of University, INC.