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February 1977 - In Union There Is ---- By

Jesse F. Bone
Veterinary Medicine

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 is here 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.