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Well, at least there is some clarity on how this all started: After refusing to answer almost all substantive questions I asked, we are at least able to understand how this started. Notice, by the way, the same conclusion to this student e-mail as the other one. So, they insert themselves into a situation that […]

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It looks like this entire union thing was started by … … students. I dug through my old emails to find that one. A student of mine had asked that question, innocently enough, back in October and I never gave it much thought. Until I received a note recently that included: So, do any readers familiar […]

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This is the response from one of the students I know. Of course, none of my questions are answered and I will give you $100 if you can guess how quickly the SEIU guys took to get back to me about this. OK, that is a bad bet on my part. They of course have […]

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Now long time readers of TUW understand how I feel about symbolism. I do not view it as harmless. And long time readers are probably familiar with the change in campus culture that has happened over the past decade or so. As such, you understand that nothing in this “discussion” from the student or even […]

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After getting nothing from Mr. Holt or the SEIU for a couple of weeks, a little bit of information about the organizing effort trickled out onto campus. A student mentioned to me a Campus Times article in support of the effort, I did not see it. But then, in what turns out to be fairly verbatim […]

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So, after two weeks of not hearing anything back from the SEIU organizers, I followed up with several e-mails asking for clarification, communication and answers to more questions. I have still not heard back from them, and have both invited Mr. Holt to visit me in my office when I had plenty of time to […]

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So, all of the previous correspondence happened by March 22nd. I replied to Mr. Holt’s note via e-mail that day. And now here we are on April 9th, almost three weeks after I asked him additional questions, and I have not heard back from Mr. Holt. Here, below, is how I responded to his e-mail […]

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After some back and forth, Mr. Holt finally decided to answer my questions, well, sort of (his answers in bold, my new responses in color below them): Did U of R faculty members reach out to you in an effort to help them? U of R faculty did reach out to us. In fact there […]

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Just to recap. No one that I know from the faculty has reached out to other faculty suggesting that we should try to figure out a way to form a union. A union organizer, who never first contacted me about what is going on, shows up to intrude on my work while I am teaching, and gets me […]

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In response to the initial exchange, I followed up:   And this is the first and last time I ever got any real answers to any real questions, and what a doozy, an unexpected one: So, does anyone better versed in labor law understand if these tactics are illegal? What we are talking about is […]

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