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[Excerpt] Unionization among college and university faculty continued its slow but steady increase in 1995. Academic unions now represent 246,207 professors, a growth of 3,986 (1.65 percent) from that reported in last year’s NCSCBHEP's Directory of Faculty Contracts and Bargaining Agents in Institutions of Higher Education. We can now report 504 bargaining agents on 1,115 campuses throughout the United States.

These increases can be attributed to three sources. First, unions won 4 out of 4 collective bargaining elections during 1995 to determine new bargaining agents. Second, some existing bargaining units grew in size as institutions hired additional faculty. Third, the Center has included the Minnesota Technical Colleges this year. It was incorrectly omitted in the past. Separate faculty bargaining units at the 34 Minnesota Technical College campuses were consolidated into a single statewide unit in December 1993. The bargaining agent is the United Technical College Educators (UTCE), affiliated with both AFT and NEA. Although negotiations commenced during 1994, UTCE did not have official status as the exclusive representative until July 1, 1995. The first statewide contract was still being negotiated as of January 1, 1996.


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Hurd, R. W. & Foerster, A. (1996). Unionization among college faculty - 1996 [Electronic version]. Newsletter of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, 24(2), 1-8.

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