I can’t imagine what it’s like working part-time at the sweatshop that is American University. It must be pretty terrible, though, because the adjunct faculty are holding a vote over unionizing.
According to The Eagle, “the election will be held from Jan. 19 until Feb. 16,” and to facilitate the vote “the NLRB [National Labor Relations Board] mailed 1,700 secret ballots to all adjunct faculty members who are eligible to vote.”
This situation makes me uneasy. The NLRB has become a bastion of thuggery under President Obama, bullying Boeing and preventing it from opening up a factory in South Carolina. Fortunately the agency dropped its lawsuit against the aerospace giant, but only after a public outcry and a new contract between Boeing with the International Association of Machinists.
More important to students, if the part-time faculty decide to unionize, this will likely push up tuition costs even more. It’s bad enough when the administration thinks it’s a great idea to throw millions of dollars down the green energy wormhole, but with unionized labor in control of 1,700 university professors, you can bet that even more money will be spent frivolously. Will Neil Kerwin decide to take some of the money for carbon offsets and use it to offset the higher labor costs instead? Probably not, which means the money will be coming out of our pockets.
Worse for our country, the adjuncts would be joining the Service Employees International Union, otherwise known as the SEIU. This union in particular is known for its thuggery, with militant members who (allegedly) beat up a black man at a Tea Party rally. SEIU members have also complained about Boy Scouts, stocked blogger Andrew Breitbart, and intimidated the family of a bank lawyer.
Oh, and the head of the SEIU, Andy Stern, is a frequent White House visitor, so you can be sure that our tuition money will be going to help bankroll Democrat reelection campaigns.
All of this because a few faculty members are stupid enough to think that you can live off of a part-time teaching job. These union wonks ought to stop complaining and find another line of work. They get no sympathy from me, even if the administrators at AU comply to their every demand.
It is time for American University students to stand up and demand to be heard. We must speak out against faculty unionization, demand full financial transparency from the university administration and issue an ultimatum that tuition hikes be capped at inflation. For far too long the silent majority of AU students have sat in their seats and refused to speak up. We can’t afford to stay silent anymore.
The preceding words are solely those of Josh Kaib and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American University College Republicans, the AUCR eboard, or the contributors to The Right Wing Blog.