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October 17, 2008

Ohio University’s Faculty Senate voted 23-18 with three abstentions Monday to endorse a movement toward unionization…Professors supporting unionization stress the three words “meaningful shared governance” as being something a collective bargaining unit can achieve that, amid administrators’ disregard, the Faculty Senate has not.

The facilities are equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology, complete with computers for professors in each classroom and plugs for students who chose to carry laptops to class.

… funds for labor-research centers on two University of California campuses … was the only individual item the governor vetoed in the university’s $3-billion budget for 2008-9  …

Multiple constituencies have to be involved if a decision is to be successful. Trust is central to an effective culture. Those institutions that are most effective succeed less by formalized rules and regulations and more by the consent of the governed.

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