Nontenured faculty leading push toward unions on U.S. campuses

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Seattle University faculty member Larry Cushnie doesn’t know if he’ll have a job teaching political science from one quarter to the next. Hired to teach from term to term, he believes a union can bring more predictability to his profession.

Bring in a third party to negotiate contracts? Bad idea, says Joe Barnes, who believes he’s been treated well by Seattle University.

“I do not see any reason for a union to come between me and the administration,” said Barnes, a business lecturer, in an email.

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