The New York Times (registration required) is reporting that my undergraduate alma mater, New York University, is looking to get rid of their Graduate Students Union.
From the article by Karen Arenson:
“They said the collective-bargaining process had produced benefits for student teaching and research assistants, like better compensation and clearer work rules, but that union grievances had threatened academic decision-making.”
Ah, NYU, always good for a laugh. Collective bargaining had an adverse effect on academic decision-making? Gee, like you had to actually involve students in the process? You had to treat T.A.s fairly? Golly, that sure does make it hard to make decisions…