Organizing, yes, but for what? Richard Moser presents an intriguing summary of the current state of work and unionism in the U.S.. He argues that unions have tended towards an organizational culture which is resistant to change and unaccustomed to democracy. He traces the evolution of this process, mapping it against changes in work and society.
Unions must develop a culture of organizing if they are to renew their influence and reconnect with their members. He then presents some recommendations on organizing, exploring the contradictory but creative tensions that animate union activity. These are the challenges faced by those who want to put the movement back into labor. more»
Wednesday, March 11, 2009. Resources: Judith Gappa, Change Magazine: July-August 2008 "Resource Review: Today’s Majority—Faculty Outside the Tenure System"
....Thus, concern for the well-being and productivity of the faculty, collectively and individually, is a permanent and central issue for higher education institutions and governing bodies.
Fortunately, two recently published books about faculty include non-tenure-track appointments in their comprehensive discussions of American faculty characteristics, employment, working conditions, and careers: The American Faculty: The Restructuring of Academic Work and Careers by Jack Schuster and Martin Finkelstein (2006) andRethinking Faculty Work: Higher Education’s Strategic Imperative by Judith Gappa, Ann Austin, and Andrea Trice (2007). The latter emphasizes successful recruitment and retention across all types of academic appointments.
Today, the new majority of faculty members are those not appointed to tenure-track positions.