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A Primer on Unionization and Collective Bargaining in U.S. Higher Education Institutions

The Center for the Study of Academic Labor

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US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics

US Dept of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

US DOL Collective Bargaining Agreements

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Register Now: National Center's March 26-28, 2017 Annual Conference

Creating Solutions in Challenging Times

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All conference workshops are scheduled for Sunday, March 26, 2017
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Click here to pre-register for the Panel: Lincoln, Labor, and Race.

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The conference is underwritten with a grant from TIAA-CREF.

Conference Keynote Speakers:
NLRB Acting Chairman, Philip A. Miscimarra and Board Member Mark G. Pearce

Philip A. Miscimarra was named Acting Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board by President Trump on January 23, 2017. He was first sworn in as a Member of the National Labor Relations Board on August 7, 2013 for a term that expires on December 16, 2017.  Mr. Miscimarra was nominated by President Obama on April 9, 2013 and was approved unanimously by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on May 22, 2013.  He was confirmed by the Senate on July 30, 2013. Mr. Miscimarra previously was a labor and employment law partner with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP in Chicago, and he was a Senior Fellow in the Center for Human Resources at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School.  He is the author or co-author of several books involving labor law issues, including The NLRB and Managerial Discretion: Subcontracting, Relocations, Closings, Sales, Layoffs, and Technological Change (2d ed. 2010) (by Miscimarra, Turner, Friedman, Callahan, Conrad, Lignowski and Scroggins); The NLRB and Secondary Boycotts (3d ed. 2002) (by Miscimarra, Berkowitz, Wiener and Ditelberg); and Government Protection of Employees Involved in Mergers and Acquisitions (1989 and 1997 supp.) (by Northrup and Miscimarra); among other publications. Before joining Morgan Lewis in 2005, Mr. Miscimarra was a labor and employment attorney with Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Chicago (1987-2005); Murphy Smith & Polk PC in Chicago (now the Chicago office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC) (1986-87); and Reed Smith Shaw & McClay (now Reed Smith LLP) (1982-1986). Mr. Miscimarra received his Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School; a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School; and a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Duquesne University.

Mark G. Pearce was sworn in as a National Labor Relations Board Member on April 07, 2010, following his recess appointment, and was confirmed by the Senate on June 22, 2010. On August 23, 2013 he was sworn in for a second term that expires on August 27, 2018.  From August 27, 2011 until January 25, 2017 Mr. Pearce served as the National Labor Relations Board Chairman. Board Member Pearce was a founding partner of the Buffalo, New York law firm of Creighton, Pearce, Johnsen & Giroux, where he practiced union and plaintiff side labor and employment law. Prior to his entry into private practice Mr. Pearce was an attorney and District Trial Specialist in the Buffalo NY Regional office of the NLRB. By appointment of the Governor of the State of New York Mr. Pearce served on several commissions as well as the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals, where he ruled on appeals of wage and hour decisions of the NYS Department of Labor. He has taught at Cornell University's School of Industrial Labor Relations Extension, and is a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Mr. Pearce received his Juris Doctor from the University at Buffalo Law School of the State University of New York, and his Bachelors degree from Cornell University.

Conference Plenary: The Impact of Anti-Intellectualism on the State of Higher Education

A featured plenary panel at the National Center's March 26-28, 2017 conference will focus on the impact of anti-intellectualism on the state of higher education.  We are pleased to announce that Susan Jacoby, the best-selling author of The Age of American Unreason and Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism will be joining Lynn Pasquerella, President, Association of American Colleges and Universities and Hank Reichman, AAUP Vice President, for this timely and relevant discussion.  The panel will be moderated by Frederick P. Schaffer, Chair, New York City Campaign Finance Board and former CUNY General Counsel and Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs.

Confirmed Panels and Presentations

Graduate Student Employees: Collective Bargaining After the NLRB's Columbia University Decision (CLE) with Joseph W. Ambash, Fisher & Phillips, LLP, Daniel Julius, Senior Vice-President and Provost, New Jersey City University, Julie Kushner, UAW Region Director, Wilma Liebman, Visiting Scholar, Rutgers University and Former NLRB Chair, and moderator Melissa Korn, Wall Street Journal.
NLRB 101: A Prima on National Labor Relations Board Procedures (CLE) with Karen P. Fernbach, NLRB, Regional Director, Region 2, Kathy Drew King, NLRB Region Director, Region 29, John Walsh, NLRB Regional Director, Region 1,  and moderator James O. Castagnera, Associate Provost and Legal Counsel for Academic Affairs, Rider University.
Lincoln, Labor, and Race with panelist and moderator Harold Holzer, Jonathan F. Fanton Director, Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, Hunter College, Edna Greene Medford, Chair, Howard University Department of History, and James Oakes, Distinguished Professor, CUNY Graduate Center.
Envisioning the Faculty for the Twenty-First Century with Adrianna Kezar, Professor of Higher Education, University of Southern California, commentators Ian Robinson, President, Lecturers’ Employee Organization, AFT, Local 6244, University of Michigan and Bonita Veysey, Professor and Vice Chancellor for Planning and Implementation, Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, and moderator Scott Jaschik, Editor, Inside Higher Ed.
Professional Development for Adjunct and Tenure-Track Faculty with Gail Mellow, President, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY and author of Taking College Teaching Seriously, Pedagogy Matters!: Fostering Student Success Through Faculty-Centered Practice Improvement, commentators Gary Rhoades, Professor and Director, Center for the Study of Higher Education, University of Arizona, and Barbara Madeloni, Massachusetts Teachers Association President, and moderator Malini Cadambi-Daniel, SEIU.
Current Issues at Historically Black Colleges and Universities with Ronald Mason, Jr., University of District of Columbia President, John Brittain, Professor of Law, District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, Elizabeth K. Davenport, Florida A&M University United Faculty of Florida/AFT/NEA President, and moderator Felecia Commodore, Assistant Professor, Educational Foundations & Leadership, Old Dominion University.
Student Debt: We Pay for What We Value with Stephen Katsinas, Director and Professor, University of Alabama Education Policy Center, Daniel Forster, Vice President of Enrollment Management, Washington College, and moderator Martha J. Kanter, Executive Director, Civic Nation.
Federal and State Funding: Shifting Patterns and Changing Strategies with Quinton T. Ross, Alabama State Senator, Leo Welch, Legislative Officer, AAUP Illinois Conference, Michael Fabricant, PSC Vice President and co-author of Austerity Blues: Fighting for the Soul of Public Higher Education, Kara Perkins, Executive Budget Director, Budget Office, CSU Office of the Chancellor, and moderator Frederick Floss, Professor and Chair, Department of Economics and Finance, SUNY Buffalo State and Fiscal Policy Institute Senior Fellow.
The Capital Markets and Higher Education with Susan Fitzgerald, Associate Managing Director, Moody's Investors Service, Charlie Eaton, Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford Graduate School of Education, Tim Coffin, Senior Vice President, Breckinridge Capital Advisors, and moderator Jake Apakarian, Assistant Professor, York College.
International Perspectives on Collective Bargaining in Higher Education with James Butler, Director, Faculty Bargaining Services, CAUBO, Lesley Burke-O’Flynn, Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of B.C., Annabell Segarra Marrero, Asociacion Puertorriquena de Profesores Universitaros (APPU),University of Puerto Rico, and moderator Sara Slinn, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.
Grievance Handling and Problem Solving with Faculty and Librarians with Eve Weinbaum, Associate Professor, Labor Center & Sociology Department, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Brandi Perri, Graduate Student, University of Massachusetts Amherst Sociology Department, and moderator Arlene King-Berry, Faculty Senate Chair, University of the District of Columbia.
Department Chairs' Perceptions of Union Membership on Academic Human Resource Decision Making with Leigh Settlemoir Dzwik, Assistant Dean, Oakland University School of Education and Human Services and moderator Arlene King-Berry, Faculty Senate Chair, University of the District of Columbia.
The Use of Mediation in Higher Education Contract Administration at Florida Gulf Coast University with Ronald Toll, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Elizabeth Elliott, President, UFF Chapter, David Steckler, Grievance Chair, UFF Chapter, and Tony Barringer, Associate Provost/Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, and moderator Kevin Flanigan, Director of Conciliation, NYS PERB.
Health Care and Bargaining in the Trump Era with Larry Singer, Senior Vice President, Segal Company, Shaun O'Brien, Assistant Policy Director for Health & Retirement AFL-CIO, Steven M. Bloom, Director, Government Relations, Government and Public Affairs, American Council on Education, and moderator Steve Hicks, Associate Professor of English, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.
Shared Governance and Collective Bargaining: The Line Between with Rene Castro, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Employee and Labor Relations, California State University System, Michael Mauer, Senior Labor Advisor, AAUP Department of Organizing and Services, Joseph Fuxa, Labor Relations Manager, Eastern Washington University, Steven Filling, Immediate Past Chair, Academic Senate, California State University, and moderator Jeffrey Cross, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Eastern Illinois University.
Contingent Faculty Participation in Shared Governance with John D. Vander Weg, Associate Provost for Academic Personnel, Wayne State University, Thomas Anderson, Vice President and lead negotiator, UPTF-AFT, Wayne State University, Karen Thompson, Part-time Lecturer, Rutgers University and Senator for New Brunswick Part-Time Lecturers, Carl Levine, Levy Ratner, P.C., and moderator Theodore Curry, Associate Provost, Associate Vice President, Academic Human Resources; Professor, School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Michigan State University.
Unionization and the Development of Policies for Non-Tenure Track Faculty: A Comparative Study of Research Universities with Karen Halverson Cross, Professor of Law, The John Marshall Law School, commentators Christine Hughes, Vice President and General Counsel, Emerson College, Risa Lieberwitz, Professor, Labor and Employment Law, Cornell ILR, AAUP General Counsel, and Lacey Wootton, Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer, American University, and moderator William Connellan, Chief Negotiator, University of Florida.
Multi-Institutional Labor-Management Committees for Contingent Faculty with David Rodich, Executive Director, SEIU Local 500, Nick Anastaspoulos, Mirick O'Connell LLP, and Scot Beckenbaugh, Deputy Director, FMCS, and panelist and moderator Peter B. Doeringer, Labor Arbitrator & Professor emeritus, Department of Economics, Boston University.
Addressing Contemporary Community College Labor-Management Issues with Sergio Guzman, President, Rio Hondo College Faculty Association/CCA/CTA/NEA, Teresa Dreyfuss, Superintendent/President, Rio Hondo College, Mary Ann Pacheco, President, Rio Hondo College Board of Trustees, Lynette Nyaggah, President, Community College Association/CTA/NEA, and moderator Kevin Drumm, President, Broome Community College.
Creative Partnering with Community Colleges with Pamela Hampton Garland, UDC and Guilford Technical Community College, Tim Haresign, Executive Director,  New Jersey Council of State College Locals, Sean Tvelia, Exec. V.P., Faculty Association, Suffolk County Community College, Paul Beaudin, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Suffolk County Community College, and panelist and moderator Robert Zazzali, Senior Vice President for Community Affairs and Economic Development, Rowan University.
Bargaining Issues for Academics and Professionals in Non-Teaching Roles with Peter Chester, Director, Labor Relations, University of California, Elizabeth Hough, Counsel to the President, United University Professions, Gretchen Osterman, Assistant Dean of Students for Greek Affairs, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, and Sharon Picus, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and moderator Michael W. Klein, Executive Director, N.J. Association of State Colleges & Universities.
Overtime Compensation and Pay Equity in Higher Education (CLE) with John S. Ho, Cozen O’Connor, Rosemary DiSavino, EEOC Senior Trial Attorney, John Swarbrick, Associate Vice Chancellor, Senior Labor Relations Advisor and Chief Negotiator, California State University System, and Maria Maisto, New Faculty Majority President, Mark Smith, NEA Higher Education Policy Analyst, and moderator Barbara Bowen, Professional Staff Congress, CUNY President.
Age Discrimination Issues in Higher Education (CLE) with Justin Mulaire, EEOC Supervisory Trial Attorney, Jason Walta, NEA Senior Counsel, Karen Bitar, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and moderator John T. Rose, Dean for Diversity, Hunter College, City University of New York.
Adjunct Faculty Unemployment Benefits Eligibility with Jayson Myers, Chief Administrative Law Judge, New York State Unemployment Appeals Board, Nancy Cross, SEIU Local 1 Vice President, and Louis P. DiLorenzo, Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC with moderator Maria Maisto, New Faculty Majority.
The Economics and Effect of College Sports on Campus with Chancellor Richard L. Edwards, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Gilbert M. Gaul, author of Billion-Dollar Ball, Saranna Thornton, Professor of Economics, Hampden-Sydney College, and moderator Michael Powell, NY Times reporter.
The Role of Endowments in Financing Higher Education with Peter M. Rup, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, Artemis Wealth Advisors, LLC, Kenneth Redd, Director, Research and Policy Analysis, NACUBO, Elizabeth Parisian, Assistant Director, Research and Strategic Initiatives, AFT, and moderator Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Reporter, The Washington Post.
Annual Panel: Year in Higher Education with Karen Stubaus, Vice President, Academic Affairs & Administration, Rutgers University, Lili Palacios-Baldwin, Associate General Counsel, Tufts University, Mariann Hyland, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Oregon, and moderator Peter Schmidt, The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Legal Issues in Higher Education: Annual Review of Court and Administrative Developments (CLE) with Richard F. Griffin, NLRB General Counsel, John Wirenius, NYS Public Employment Relations Board Chairperson, Aaron Nisenson, AAUP, Kristin Klein Wheaton, Goldberg Segalla, and moderator Juditra Burgess, Boston University Director, Labor Relations.

Confirmed Interactive Workshop Trainings on Sunday, March 26, 2017

Special Workshop Training on Unionization and Collective Bargaining for Administrators with Nicholas DiGiovanni, Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP, Karen Stubaus, Vice President, Academic Affairs & Administration, Rutgers University, and Margaret E. Winters, Wayne State University.
Special Workshop Training on Unionization and Collective Bargaining for Academic Labor with David Cecil, United Academics, AFT-AAUP Executive Director, University of Oregon, Deborah Williams, NEA Faculty Association President and Lead Negotiator, Johnson County Community College, Larry Alcoff, SEIU, and moderator and facilitator, Phadra Williams, NEA.
Workshop Training on Financial Data Analysis in Higher Education with Howard Bunsis, Chair, AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress, Professor, Accounting, Eastern Michigan University, Bradley Wells, California State University Associate Vice Chancellor for Business & Finance, and moderator Jeffery Frumkin, Associate Vice Provost and Senior Director, Academic Human Resources, University of Michigan.
Workshop Training on Effective Use of Social Media in Higher Education with Ken Mash, APSCUF President, Kathryn Morton, APSCUF Communication Director, Jamie Tanner, Valdosta State University Employee Relations Manager and CUPA-HR's Southern Region Board of Directors, and moderator Sheryl Barton, MSCF Negotiations Team Member.
Workshop Training on Interest Based Bargaining in Higher Education with Shelly Chabon, Vice Provost Academic Personnel and Leadership Development, Portland State University, Janet Gillman, State Conciliator, Oregon Employment Relations Board Conciliation Services, Pam Miller, Immediate Past President PSU-AAUP, Leanne Serbulo, Former Vice President Collective Bargaining and Current Bargaining Team Member, PSU-AAUP and Phil Lesch, Executive Director, PSU-AAUP, and moderator Liesl K. Zwicklbauer, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Employee Relations, State University of New York.

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