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Sometimes the inanity of the left is unbearable.
If ever there was an argument for Right To Work, it is being made somewhere near the middle of the state.
If I had to guess, I would bet there are instructors at CMU that aren't real comfortable participating in an illegal strike. Imagine how a young instructor, who feels fortunate enough to have found employment in Michigan, must feel when told by his/her bosses, (the union) that he/she cannot go to work.
"Following several rounds of unsuccessful contract talks, the Central Michigan University faculty union said it would strike on the first day of classes today, affecting more than 21,000 students."
In the end, this could actually be an opportunity. But first let us consider the negatives for some.
The thought of being fired for breaking the law, and possibly losing bennies and an income that most in the private sector would love to have, ought to give pause to such reckless actions. Incomes listed below are as of 2010, and do not include other income such as per diem, paid training, and other benefits. What has to be tough, is for those instructors who already get paid considerably less than their professorial counterparts, and must also participate or face ongoing vitriolic response from those who would work to see them removed in the future.
The CMU board of trustees has a tough job to be sure. From the CMU Board of Trustees page:
"... the board retains ultimate responsibility for academic matters and reserves authority over such areas as the mission and goals of the institution; admissions and retention policies; policies governing intercollegiate programs; faculty promotions, sabbatical leaves and tenure; establishing fees; accepting gifts; naming facilities; and a number of other areas."
They are also tasked to "ensure financial solvency." Or something akin to it.
The offer by the university? It apparently was a 0% increase in pay. After bargaining with the union for the fluff, it (0 percent) was probably all that was left. I would have to imagine that in order to ensure such things as solvency, those decisions are somewhat necessary.
The opportunity? - Go below.
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A couple weeks ago during a trip to Lansing for a counter rally, I was interviewed by WNEM out of Saginaw. WNEM interviewed a number of the protesters gathered at the state capitol, and gave a little time to the voice of those who disagreed with them. The 10 second clip they used (a couple minutes into the piece) was probably representative of the ratio present, and fortunately they didn't chop it up.
Even still, there was a little more.
In the midst of the shouting down by the labor types, the news folks were professional and courteous. We had to move three times before we would not have the disruptive actions of the protesters trying to take attention away from the interview. In fact, for them to do so in the last try, they (the protesters) would have had to stand in traffic.
Sorry to have taken so long to get this up. The interview in its totality (from a separate camera) is below the line.
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By JGillman, Section News
Crossposted from MTTM
Budgets are falling across the state of Michigan. It happens. Revenues decrease in recessionary periods, and the realities of financial forecasts become vague and somewhat Picasso-ish when markets, where much of municipal pensions funds lay, become unpredictable.
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