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Monday, January 17, 2011

Lest we forget ...

... in our madcap race to become 'relevant' ...

"History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, as 'right-to-work.' It provides no 'rights' and no 'works.' Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining... -Martin Luther King, Jr. (speaking on right-to-work laws in 1961).

Please support your AAUP throughout the tough contract negotiations ahead of us. Help us preserve the sacred heart the soul of this public university. Help protect us from a strategic plan that aims without remorse to deliver us into the greedy hands of privatization and corporate thugs.


Anonymous said...

Cause the plight of African Americans in the south in the 1960s is pretty much the same as professors getting high five-figure jobs for 9 months of work.

Because administrators get paid too much hardly means faculty are victims. You're both paid too much.

Anonymous said...

My hope is that the AAUP, the UTPPA, the CWA, the PSA, and all working people, stand united against those people whose philosophy, as Eleanor Roosevelt said, is to “Take from the bottom, add to the top."

Anonymous said...

"There is only one justification for universities, as distinguished from trade schools. They must be centers of criticism." Richard M. Hutchins

Please visit It is a website where you can register anonymously and you can rate and discuss administrators.

This is from their website:
Our Vision
Serve as a space where college and university faculty can openly and anonymously discuss issues about their employment and the academic institutions where they work.

Our Mission

We believe that college and university faculty deserve a forum for free and open discussion about issues and conditions relating to their employment and the academic institutions where they work.

The purpose of this website is to share information that can help faculty make intelligent and informed decisions about offers of employment and other employment issues. Information on the website is provided by its users: college and university faculty like you.

Our goals

Provide usable information about colleges and universities that may not be available through other channels.
Provide web-based tools to assess the quality of an institution's employment environment and thus empower faculty and inform candidates about the institutions where they are seeking employment.

Good night and good luck!

Anonymous said...

In relation to the website I suggested before, their associated blog ( is also very interesting...

Russ said...

Eleven years ago, a number of students, myself included, sat in the offices of the UT Collegian wondering why it was that no one in the local community or in the UT Faculty would join us in speaking out about the rogue entity who was occupying the office of the President at UT.

It seemed that the faculty had forgotten that other than the student body itself, that they were most capable agent of change at UT- but they sat by powerless as the Kapoor Administration ran roughshod over them.

With Kapoor, at least there was a core group of students working with a small group of faculty to effect get out the truth about what was going on.

If we fast forward to today...who speaks the truth, other than this blog? The faculty are silent, the IC has been marginalized (seeming to be more concerned about the latest MTV inspired fad than the value of their diplomas), and Jacobs wields his scepter from University Hall as if he were a modern Robespierre- with his gentle tone of speech belying his utter contempt for anything that would waylay his plan to turn UT into the ITT Technical School of Medical Arts.

I trust the faculty realize this, and with their very lifeblood being challenged at every turn, have grown tired of the Iron Gauntlet of Jacobs smacking them about the head and chest for the last few years.

You do the work that is important to us all, and stand for the last bastion of civil thought and discourse that I see in our society. I trust that you make it though these negotiations united and ready to act against the petty tyranny that controls UT at this moment.

Those of us that fought this fight ten years ago wish you the best.

Anonymous said...

What this place needs is a graduate employee union. A band of committed twenty-somethings without much to lose would provide the impetus to create and maintain a worker- and student-friendly environment at UT.

Linus said...

To Anonymous 10:53--

How true! What can we do to help a grad employee union get started? I was a member of an AAUP grad student union once and we did scare some administrators. But would our faculty stand with our own ta's? Who on the faculty at UTMC stood with the AFSCME in their 18-month negotiations? CWA did not stand with the AAUP in our most recent 18-month negotiations. In these times, ALL unions and workers' protection groups must stand together.
And we must beware any furloughs proposed do no harm to those fellow workers who can least afford it. Anyone who thinks it fair that taking a day's pay from a custodian is the same as the chancellor losing a day's pay has spent far too much time downwind of Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and the whole "fair and balanced" pack of running dogs on FOX.

Anonymous said...

It s a nice propaganda story. The problem is that the administration won't guarantee no layoffs or even to limit layoffs if concessions are made. In fact, I heard they want wage cuts, more furloughs and other give backs but refuse to guarantee or limit layoffs. I think the fact is that no one trusts this administration. I think that is a very sad but true statement.

Anonymous said...

Concerning the latest attacks on public employees. I think it is the height of Orwellian double-speak and hypocrisy for our Wall St. exec governor to complain about the pay of public employees saying they are the source of the state's and the nation's economic problems when it is really his own kind who train-wrecked the economy and made a bundle doing it...and continue to do so! Here are some links to set the story straight.

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:26

Well, if you can't trust bloated and lazy public employee unions on the topic of bloated and lazy public employee unions, who can you trust?

Anonymous said...

It's a fact that public employees earn less, including total compensation, compared to the private sector.