In a piece last week that looked at the problems administrators and faculty are having agreeing on how to deal with funding cuts to education, a bright spot was noted. Organized faculty in the U.S. is through the roof:
According to a survey released this week by the collective bargaining center, organized faculty in the United States has grown by about 50,000, a 14 percent increase since 2006 when the survey was last published.
According to the survey the growth can be attributed to three factors: growth within bargaining units, new bargaining units and possible miscounts in 2006. “The majority of the increased number of organized faculty is in the growth of pre-2006 units with roughly 29,000 new members; for new units formed after 2006 and for units that were missed in the 2006 count approximately 20,900 members compose these categories,” the survey said.