NATIONAL CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE PROFESSIONS

Proceedings of the 34th Annual National Conference. April 15, 16, 17, 2007. New York City


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Introduction

This on-line edition of the Proceedings of the 2007 National Conference of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education resumes a publishing tradition and breaks with past practice by using a digital format.

The new stability and growth of the National Center have been dramatic. Attendance at the National Conference has increased by ten percent annually during the last seven years. Over three hundred and twenty-five academic administrators, union leaders, and scholars attended the 2007 conference, which was the largest gathering in the National Center’s history (despite a “two hundred year” storm).

The National Center’s unique mission is to represent all constituents in academic collective bargaining in each of its endeavors – the National Advisory Board; the National Conference; the forthcoming Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy; the Directory of Faculty Contracts and Bargaining Agents; the National Conference itself. The Center thus provides an environment for lively conversation, analysis, and ponderings about academic labor and the future of the academy. And although held in New York City, the 2007 National Conference’s attendees represented twenty-eight states and Canada. University presidents, local administrators, and union leaders made presentations. Contingent academic colleagues as well as members of the Federal Higher Education Commission spoke. Few academic conferences present such a vibrant geographic, institutional, and constituent mix. This unique mix is the basis of the National Center’s success.

The 2007 National Conference topic, The Struggle for Resources, was discussed in twenty-nine panels and workshops. The presentations varied from traditional academic papers to Power Point displays. The Conference Program serves as the Table of Contents for the Proceedings. All of the digital matter is accessible from there and can be opened via Microsoft Word, Microsoft Power Point, and Adobe Reader programs. Please click on the icon next to the author’s name to do so. All work is in the public domain, but proper citation is requested.

Finally, I wish to personally thank TIAA-CREF and SEGAL | SIBSON for their financial support for the National Center’s work. And, of course, to Michelle Savarese the National Center’s administrator, we all tip our hats for her diligent and good humored edits of my edits.

Jeff Cross, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Eastern Illinois University (and co-editor of the Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy) has graciously offered us the digital designers at his institution, which is also hosting the content.

Enjoy the good read.

Dr. Richard J. Boris
Executive Director
National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining
in Higher Education and the Professions


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National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions and is hosted by Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University