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[Excerpt] Although we will present more detailed data in subsequent sections, we would like to present a few key pieces of information here. Public sector campuses are substantially more likely to be unionized than private sector, with 55.7% of public and 16.8% of private reporting one or more non-faculty bargaining units. Geographically, non-faculty unionization is notably more prevalent in the Northeast, the Midwest and on the Pacific coast than elsewhere. Among non-faculty employees, there are notable variations in unionization rates. Approximately 43.8% of blue collar employees are unionized (substantially more than reported two years ago), compared to approximately 31.1% of white collar employees. Among white collar workers, approximately 40.4% of clericals are represented by unions, compared to approximately 24.4% of professional and technical workers. Although there are many unions active on college campuses, two have emerged as leaders, the State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Service Employees (SEIU).


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Hurd, R. W. & O’Leary, E. (1992). A preliminary report on non-faculty bargaining at colleges and universities - 1993 [Electronic version]. Newsletter of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, 20(4), 1-8.

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