Faculty Forum Papers
February 1977 - In Union There Is ----
Jesse F. Bone
January 11, 1976
I note that in the efforts to establish a union for the faculty of Higher
Education in Oregon, one of the protagonists has succeeded in stating the precise thing
that increases my apprehensions. I quote:
"What seems to be forgotten is that collective bargaining (unionism) as an issue
to stay. If, indeed, the faculty at OSU do vote against collective bargaining next year or
whenever, that does not mean that collective bargaining (unionism) has been voted down forever.
A defeat is a temporary thing!"
The corollary to this statement is that A VICTORY IS A PERMANENT THING - and
that's what worries me. Once we get the monkey on our back, we won't be able to get rid of it.