Some UI faculty want a voice on potential unionization

A University of Illinois professor says faculty members on the Urbana-Champaign campus, who are against the formation of a union, deserve a voice.

Nick Burbules, who is a professor in the College of Education, says he does not support a union for faculty members.

Burbules say he supports unions for many workers and that overall, unions have done great things, but the question is whether it's the right model for faculty on the Urbana-Champaign campus.

He says there is only one voice being represented right now, and that's the pro-union voice.



Burbules adds that it's important to make sure faculty members have all the factual information and to know what having a union would mean for this campus, to help them make the right decision.



Burbules also says he understands the appeal of a union at a time when pension benefits are being cut, the uncertainty with the financial future of the state and that people who don't have tenure are anxious.

But he says the university has become a great one, without a union for faculty.

Burbules says some of the UI's best professors have said they'll leave if they are forced to join a union.

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ialdabaoth wrote on January 28, 2014 at 12:01 pm

That's the same old shill drivel you hear at every workplace that tries to organize. "We're special, we don't need a union. Unions are good for other people, but not for us." Burbules tries to make unionization sound like a sinister conspiracy to do... something. He never says what is wrong with a union, but does he makes it pretty clear that he can't stand the idea of grassroots political organizing. Since he can't explain what harm a union would bring despite his vehemence, one has to wonder what Burbules' motivation is and question whether he is trying to act in the best interests of campus faculty.