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Is Faculty Unionization a Good Thing?

Writing this week’s Pope Center Clarion Call, professor emeritus Charles Baird argues that faculty unionization is not a good thing. Unionization tends to undermine academic standards and breeds discontent, he contends.
Furthermore, faculty unionization suffers from the same moral defect as unionization in general under American law: It deprives individuals of freedom of choice by saddling everyone with a majority choice. Where individual choice is possible — as it certainly is with regard to the matter of union representation — majority rule is unjustifiable coercion.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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