Mission Statement

The purpose of this blog is to deconstruct the rhetoric and strategies of faculty union advocates at the University of Illinois. A consequential decision like this must be based on facts, not spin. Right now only one side of the argument is being presented to faculty. This blog represents the other side of the argument.

Sunday, November 10, 2013


This blog is a project by the two of us, but we welcome the voices and experiences of other faculty colleagues as well.

We are especially interested in two kinds of postings:

(1) Experiences you have had during office visits from union organizers. We have heard anecdotally about repeated visits, harassment, and pressure on individuals, but we don't want to post anything based on hearsay. If you have experiences you want to share, we will post themwith your name or anonymously, as you choose.

(2) The perspectives of faculty who have come here from unionized campuses and want to share their views about the contrast between the academic life and atmosphere on a unionized campus and life here at Illinois. Union advocates, not surprisingly, regularly bring in guests to tell faculty how wonderful life is on a unionized campus. We know that isn't always true, but we would prefer personal accounts from people who have experienced both worldsagain, with your name or anonymously, as you choose.

We will review what comes in and post entries as part of our normal cycle of topics (perhaps a "Special Issue" on each of these, depending on what comes in).

Please join us! 

*** This blog is a jointly authored project by two people who believe that the campaign for tenure-track faculty unionization has damaged morale and divided our campus, and that a faculty union, if ever established, would erode academic quality and undermine our highly successful system of campus shared governance, which has earned nationwide praise.

We speak for ourselves. We have no organization behind us, we don’t ask for funding, we don’t pay national hired guns to come in and make the case for us.

We want to start a different campus conversation about faculty unionization, which we believe will be more thoughtful and substantive when people have all the facts. 

We welcome and will consider postings from others expressing issues and concerns about faculty unionization. We know that many faculty are very upset about the possibility of working on a unionized campus. 

If you see any information here that is inaccurate, please tell us and we will correct it.

If you share our concerns and want to help, please forward these postings to your friends and colleagues, and urge them to do the same. ***