I guess I run now

or I’m trying to anyway.


I guess I neither run nor write these days…

Yes, I’ve been a very bad blogger. But I so want to be good. Just not quite yet. Ya know what I mean?

We got a slow (and then hectic) start to the semester when our union decided to str…errr…have a “job action.” The kind of “job action” we had was not going to classes & spending hours and hours on the picket lines & in rallies. The majority of our students stood with us on the lines. This is Michigan, after all. And these are the children of auto workers we’re teaching, so…they get unions.

Wasn’t about raises, of course. You’d have to be a moron to str…err…”job action” in Michigan for more money right now. It was about intellectual property rights for faculty, faculty governance, future tenure-line hires, and preventing punitive cuts to our health care…not improvements in any of these areas, just keeping what we had in the last contract. With the exception of healthcare (which we compromised on &, I think, lost ground on), all this is stuff that would’ve seriously affected the quality of education at my university…which is probably why our students stood with us on this one.

Now it’s over (only lasted a week, but it felt like years) & I’m playing catch up and looking at a busy couple of months teaching, traveling to conferences, traveling for research, and writing. I NEED to see my way toward exercise and clean living in those months. Okay, that’s a goal. That & getting back to blogging as soon as I get back from this insane mid-week research trip to Illinois I have planned.

Hope your summer is winding down well (northern hemisphere chicks). Back in a bit…

Filed under : General
By bigprof
On September 21, 2009
At 6:38 pm
Comments : 3

3 Comments for this post

brseay Says:

I’m sure it’s crazy but it sounds like it was worth it. In Iowa we’re a “right to work” state which means that we can’t str… take “job action”. We were very close to having guys call in sick on one day and women on the other a couple of years ago but fortunately it never came to that. It’s amazing, though, how Illinois has much better contracts and they can strike. Hmm?

mango Says:

I’m glad you’re back 🙂 This whole “job action” think just sounds crap! I hope you are well recovered 🙂 This is one instance where being from the UK makes things a lot harder to understand!

Looking forward to reading more soon,
Mango x

moonfairy Says:

at least it was resolved quickly. we had a civil service workers strike this past summer. seems like it lasted all summer. no garbage pickup! tempers were flaring!

glad you’re back.


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