CFA misrepresentation creates opposition

CFA misrepresentation creates opposition

Daniel Simons' recent letter to the editor described his experience of finding his name in a Campus Faculty Association brochure listing about 700 faculty "supporters" of the faculty union. In fact, he is undecided on the matter and did not agree to have his name listed publicly.

Daniel's experience is by no means unique.

I was surprised to learn from colleagues that my name was also listed in this brochure. Like Daniel, I expressed my ambivalence about faculty unionization to the CFA representatives who visited my office multiple times. I was also told that signing the petition was not an explicit commitment of support for a union, but rather, an indication of support for an open discussion of the issues raised by such organizational efforts.

Like Daniel, I believe that an open discussion of these issues on this campus is reasonable and that both sides of the debate should be heard. Like Daniel, I also did not sign a statement saying, "I support a faculty union," nor did I give consent to have my name listed in this context.

Unlike Daniel, I am no longer undecided: I signed a statement in opposition to faculty unionization and agreed to have my name listed publicly as such.

The CFA's misrepresentation on this matter does not inspire confidence in its ability to represent the interests of the faculty.

PHILLIP NEWMARK

Urbana

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