Higher education under threat. January 06, 2008



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Beyond the Picket Line: Academic Organizing after the Long NYU Strike
Introduction to the Special Issue #14
Michael Palm

“After a wave of academic organizing victories over the past decade, including the formation of unions for adjunct professors as well graduate student employees at NYU, the 2005-06 strike by GSOC/UAW Local 2110 was followed closely by many observers of university life, and no shortage of commentators predicted that GSOC’s struggle at NYU would prove significant for the future of academic labor.[1] This special issue of Workplace presents some of the first scholarly and activist analyses of the strike and its implications, written by five graduate employees at NYU, all active GSOC members, and a member of CUNY’s faculty/grad union.”

The editors thank the Department of Curriculum Studies at the University of British Columbia for housing our journal on its CUST server. Special thanks go to Brian Kilpatrick and Bob Hapke.

General Editors
Chris Carter, U Oklahoma (cscarter@ou.edu)
Wayne Ross, U British Columbia (wayne.ross@ubc.ca)
Stephen Petrina, U. British Columbia (stephen.petrina@ubc.ca)
Gary Rhoades, U Arizona
Bill Vaughn, Central Missouri State U (book reviews)
Katherine Wills, U Louisville (breaking news)

The Editorial Collective:
Jennifer Wingard, U. Syracuse; Steve Wexler, California State U.; Charles Menzies, U. British Columbia; Franc Feng, U British Columbia; Glenn Rikowski, U Northhampton; Stephen Petrina, U British Columbia; Eileen Schell, Syracuse U; Bruce Simon, SUNY Fredonia; Christian Gregory, Auburn U; Heather Julien, Santa Clara U; Steve Parks, Temple University; Jennifer Trainor, U Pittsburgh; Jeff Williams, Carnegie Mellon U; Vincent Leitch, U Oklahoma; Sheila Slaughter, U Arizona; Laura Sullivan, U Florida; Karen Thompson, Rutgers U; Cary Nelson, U Illinois-Champaign; Michael Berube, Penn State U; Victoria Smallman, Canadian Association of University Teachers; Randy Martin and Andrew Ross, NYU; Steve Watt, Indiana U; Paul Lauter, Trinity C; Stanley Aronowitz, Matthew Gold, Leo Parascondola, Tony O’Brien, Gregory Bezkorovainy, Barbara Bowen, Ali Zaidi, Susan O’Malley and Vincent Tirelli, City University of New York; Greg Meyerson, North Carolina A&T State U; Tony Scott, U North Carolina Charlotte; Julie Schmid, U Iowa; Kirsten Christensen, U Notre Dame; Ellie Kennedy, Queens U; F.L. Carr, George Mason U; Jon Curtiss, Mich. Fed. of Teachers and School-Related Personnel; Bob Marzec, SUNY Fredonia; Ray Watkins, Eastern Illinois University; Noreen O’Connor, George Washington U; Barbara Foley, Rutgers U-Newark; Jamie Owen Daniel, U Illinois-Chicago; Rich Daniels, Oregon State U-Corvallis; Kathy Newman, Carnegie Mellon U; Michael Bennett, Long Island U; Wahneema Lubiano, Duke U; Michael Denning, Yale U; Amanda Godley, Cal State Sacramento; Bill Hendricks, California U of Pennsylvania; Cynthia Young, U Southern California; Donald Lazere, Cal Poly SU; Janet Atwill, U Tennessee; David Prickett, U Cincinnatti; Daniel Kim, Cornell U

Founding Editors: Kent Puckett, Columbia U and Marc Bousquet, Santa Clara U
Former General Editors: Matt Gold, CUNY; Kent Puckett, Columbia U; Bruce Simon, SUNY Fredonia


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