I'd like to draw your attention to a couple of pieces of news. First, the ACsE has taken its strike deadline vote and has set the date: November 3. Read more about it here. If you've been following the other unions' negotiation reports, you'll note some similarities and differences in what seems to be happening with the FA. The strike votes certainly seem to have motivated the discussions at the negotiation table for all, but they are not reaching much meaningful agreement on the sticking points. The difference, though, is that while the pace and amount of negotiation has increased for the FA, it does not seem to have done so as much for the other unions. More is the pity. For the ACsE, particularly, there are some pretty low (or no!) cost proposals that a trusting Administration could pretty easily agree to but still will not.
And then this bit of national news from the Washington Monthly. Okay, maybe this is news for the rest of the nation, but I think this is so day-to-day here at SIUC that we've pretty much taken it for granted. More disturbing than the excellent analysis of administrative bloat is the hopelessness of the bodies identified to correct the problem:
On any given campus, the only institution with the actual power to halt the onward march of the all-administrative university is the board of trustees or regents— which, as we’ve seen, tend to be unprepared or disinclined to make waves. But they need to do so if their institutions are to be saved from sinking into the expanding swamp of administrative mediocrity.It is not within the purview of our current labor negotiations to limit or reverse the growth of our already top-heavy administration. Still, I doubt too many of us will hold our breath waiting for the BOT to do anything about it. Ah well, at least misery loves company -- and we are so not alone in this predicament.
Answer: Transparency, accountability, and shared governance
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