Keynote Address at the University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association Academic Freedom Event: Part 2


Rudy Fichtenbaum, President

American Association of University Professors

While cases such as the ones I have been discussing receive lots of public attention, they pale in comparison a number of other threats to academic freedom, mainly the attacks on public sector unions and growing use of faculty who are hired on contingent contracts. In the U.S., it is already the case that the overwhelming majority of faculty are denied the right to unionize. This is the result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Yeshiva decision, along with the fact that most states do not allow or make it virtually impossible for large numbers of public employees to unionize.

Attacks on public sector unionism along with the growth in the number of faculty working on contingent contracts has been and continues to be at the centerpiece of the corporate agenda to reshape higher education in the U.S. to meet corporate needs and…

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