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🎃Mar Hicks but it’s 2019 forever😱💀
In academia we need unions more than ever—whether one is an adjunct or tenure track. Our higher education system is being hollowed out by administrators who see institutions of learning as businesses, and are making money at students’ & workers’ expense
Labor unions seem to be a critical topic right now. Teachers, medical professionals, digital media employees and ecommerce workers have all entered the national conversation in recent months, either...
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🎃Mar Hicks but it’s 2019 forever😱💀 Aug 31
Replying to @histoftech
the good news is it’s in progress: hard working grad students & non-tenure track faculty especially have been making amazing strides fighting for their rights—& getting them—by organizing. Loyola’s union with SEIU 73, & hard won contract is 1 great example
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🎃Mar Hicks but it’s 2019 forever😱💀 Aug 31
Replying to @histoftech
UIC grad workers have too: “We were up against an intransigent administration, & we won. The strike was a rebellion against the neoliberal university model, which prioritizes ‘revenue generation’ over education & research by exploiting students & workers”
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🎃Mar Hicks but it’s 2019 forever😱💀 Aug 31
Replying to @histoftech
Think about that ‘revenue generation’ line for a sec: universities are non-profits; we pay taxes so this public good—higher education—will serve our society. Administrators (management) see it as something to loot: paying teachers & researchers less while RAISING student tuition.
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🎃Mar Hicks but it’s 2019 forever😱💀 Aug 31
Replying to @histoftech
Administration (management) pushes adjuncts and grad students to do more work for less money and fewer benefits each year. In addition to being awful for workers—and dragging down tenure track wages as well—it destroys the very fabric of knowledge creation:
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🎃Mar Hicks but it’s 2019 forever😱💀 Aug 31
Replying to @histoftech
Faculty who have little funding & time for research now outnumber tenure track faculty who are paid to research as well as teach. Teaching new knowledge isn’t possible if the people who should be creating it teach for less than min. wage & have no time, money, or health insurance
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🎃Mar Hicks but it’s 2019 forever😱💀 Aug 31
Replying to @histoftech
It’s the ultimate in robbing peter to pay paul—only paul is a small subsection of university administrators at the highest level, and peter is ALL of us: students, faculty, and anyone else who benefits from a highly educated workforce and populace.
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🎃Mar Hicks but it’s 2019 forever😱💀 Aug 31
Replying to @histoftech
This has been ramping up since the 1980s & it’s finally at an absurdist level: a l crisis point where the future of higher education in the United States relies on undoing decades of short-term “business thinking” before the entire system collapses—and takes all of us with it.
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🎃Mar Hicks but it’s 2019 forever😱💀 Aug 31
Replying to @histoftech
But fortunately, grad student workers & others at universities around the nation are making strides in this struggle against the most powerful who want to buy & sell students’ futures and control—through fear & budget cuts—what we can teach, do research on, say, and even *think*
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🎃Mar Hicks but it’s 2019 forever😱💀 Aug 31
Replying to @histoftech
Shout outs to efforts at Duke, Emory, U Chi and more. Here’s an article on the fight at Duke:
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🎃Mar Hicks but it’s 2019 forever😱💀 Aug 31
Replying to @histoftech
And it’s worth noting: in all these cases admins tried to crush these attempts & failed. Even going so far as smearing/threatening those working for change in certain cases. I bet there’ll be a few accounts that jump in here to try to do the same to me & claim everything’s fine🧐
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🎃Mar Hicks but it’s 2019 forever😱💀 Aug 31
Replying to @histoftech
But it’s ok. Because power exists in its exercise: to wield power we have to assert it. And we have to stand up & say what’s wrong, to talk about what we need to do to get there. Labor Day weekend is certainly an apropos time to do that👀 Happy Labor Day, and
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dr molly des jardin Aug 31
Replying to @histoftech @geo3550
Thanks for this whole thread. I was in the one of the oldest grad worker unions in the country in my MSI/PhD years (Michigan ) and I miss being in a union every day of my post graduation work life. (I am a librarian at an Ivy)
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Monices Pieces Aug 31
Replying to @histoftech
As academia has turned to a business model, students have also become “consumers” who are marketed to, catered to, and lured with luxuries, perks and extras that have little to do with their field of study.
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🕸️Nathaniel Caucutt🕷️ ⚓🏗️🌐 Aug 31
Replying to @histoftech
Hamline University adjuncts unionized. They wanted $16,000 a year. Cynically, I think US union structures are a failure. Need to switch to German employee representation on the board of directors.
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Chris Levesque Aug 31
Replying to @histoftech
IIRC in 23 states public employees can’t unionize.
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Gen-X Cynic Aug 31
Replying to @histoftech
Organized capital began its modern war on organized labor in the early 1970s, and sadly organized capital has won.
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Hawklorddragon Sep 1
Replying to @histoftech @WorkingPod
100% agree although I'm not a big fan of academic tenure, there are flaws. I can't even count the amount of horrific tenured professors I've experienced or observed. :(
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