Benefits to Faculty
Benefits to faculty for collective bargaining, compliments of Sarah Ryan, Evergreen State University
- If faculty chose a union with members at other Wisconsin state campuses, they would have a statewide voice on higher education and faculty issues and staff to organize lobbying or political efforts.
- Unions usually succeed in improving members’ pay and securing benefits.
- Existing governance and academic decision making practice is protected; a union contract could protect economic, workload, and individual rights.
- Trustees would be compelled to negotiate with faculty.
- Faculty compensation and benefits, other procedures would be negotiable and committed to a binding contract.
- Unions are compelled to represent every member of the bargaining unit.
- Active union members tend to stay current and active on issues affecting faculty.
- Faculty could become part of statewide labor movement, increasing support from some community members and adding political clout.