National Center E-Note
National Center for the Study
of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions

January 2014

With the new year, the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions is inaugurating the National Center E-Note, a periodic electronic bulletin providing National Center news, updates and analysis concerning events and issues of interest to our constituency groups.     

On-Line Registration Now Available for the National Center's 41st Annual Conference on April 6-8, 2014 at the CUNY Graduate Center in NYC
On-line registration (only with credit card payment) is now available for the 41st annual national conference of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, which will take place on April 6-8, 2014 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.  You can register for the conference and make payment on-line at our website:

In the alternative, you can download the registration form and mail it to the National Center's office with proper payment.

The theme of the conference is Achieving Successful Results in Higher Education through Collective Bargaining. The conference brochure can be downloaded here:

There will be two plenary sessions at the conference.  Speakers at one plenary session will be former NLRB Chairman Wilma Liebman and NYU Law School Professor Samuel Estreicher, and speakers at the other plenary session will be Eastern Illinois University President Bill Perry and Professional Staff Congress President Barbara Bowen. 

In addition, there will be a series of panels examining issues involving contingent faculty, MOOCs and social media, as well as individual panels focused on other topics, including: the future of higher education; the future of pensions in academia; an Affordable Care Act update; labor trends in historically black colleges and universities; and labor-management approaches to bullying in higher education.  Finally, there will be a set of workshops to enhance the practical skills of administrators, faculty members and labor representatives concerning negotiations, mediation, and arbitration. 
Panels at the Annual Conference Will Explore Issues Relating to Social Media in Higher Education
Events over the past four months at the University of Kansas involving a controversial tweet by a faculty member, and the subsequent imposition of a controversial university-wide social media policy, highlight the important and related issues concerning social media in higher education, academic freedom, and university policies and practices. 

At our April conference, there will be two panels examining social media issues in higher education. The first panel will explore academic freedom and social media with the following presenters: Theresa Chmara, General Counsel, AAUP;  Frederick Schaffer, Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs, CUNY; and Marjorie Heins, author of Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge.

The second panel will discuss best policies, practices and training concerning social media with the following presenters: Henry Reichman, Vice President, AAUP, Michael T. Loconto, Associate Director of Labor and Employee Relations, Harvard University and Nicole Kendall, Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Education Association/NEA.

National Center Publication Announcement:
Volume V, The Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy
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Volume V of the Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy (JCBA) will be published shortly and will be accessible at  JCBA is an open access, peer-review online publication of the National Center Jeffrey Cross, Eastern Illinois University and Steve Hicks, Association of Pennsylvania State Colleges and Universities Faculties are JCBA's Editors-in-Chief.   


JCBA welcomes submission of scholarly articles for future volumes from a wide community of university and college faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, administrators, union leaders and representatives and other others with an interest in collective bargaining and representation issues in the academy.  


Recent LERA Publication:
Collective Bargaining Under Duress: Case Studies of Major U.S. Industries
The National Center recently received a new book by the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) entitled Collective Bargaining Under Duress: Case Studies of Major North American Industries, edited by Howard R. Stanger, Paul R. Clark and Ann C. Frost.  The book includes separate studies examining the status of collective bargaining in various industries: airlines, automobile, hotels and casinos, health care, meat and poultry and newspapers.  In addition, there is a separate chapter concerning collective bargaining in the public sector. The book is an important resource for those interested in comparing the status of collective bargaining in higher education with similar issues facing private industries and the public sector.

The National Center looks forward to seeing you in April in New York City at our 41st annual national conference.


William A. Herbert, Executive Director
Michelle Saravese, Administrator 

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