Friday, April 18, 2014

A victory for academic freedom, free speech and privacy at the Virginia Supreme COurt

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English: The Rotunda at the Lawn of the University of Virginia, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Supremes say conservative group can't have access to UVA prof's emails.

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Is litigation avoidance leading universities to undermine academic freedom?

The AAUP seems to think so.
Speaking of Philosophy Departments and sexism, do you remember the Monty Python skit about the Australian university's philosophy department?

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AAUP election results reflect emphasis on union organizing

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English: Widely regarded as an authoritative source on sound academic practice, the AAUP's Policy Documents and Reports, also known as the Redbook, contains the Association's major policy statements. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The incumbent slate won, indicating members support a union orientation for the three-pronged organization.

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Will unionized student-athletes get to hire and fire their coaches?

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English: Color logo of the National Labor Relations Board, an independent agency of the United States federal government. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A boycott by players over a coach's reinstatement puts this question in the national spotlight, following the NLRB's recent Northwester U. ruling.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Does this disturb you? It does me!

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Pay check equity NOW!

Tell Republicans: Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act now! Add your name.Jim,
Equal pay for women is not a real issue—it’s merely Democrats blowing “a few kisses” to their voter base.That’s what Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said right before Paycheck Fairness failed on the Senate floor with zero Republican votes.
McConnell’s condescending remark shows what Republicans really think about women’s livelihoods:Either they refuse to acknowledge that unequal pay for women is a problem, or they just don’t care.
The first vote failed, but Senate Democrats are expected to bring the bill to the floor for a second vote any day now.
A recent study by Pew Research found that mothers are either the sole or primary source income for the family in 40 percent of U.S. households. Yet studies show that women are paid less than men, on average, for performing the same job.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would help ensure equal pay for equal work by making wage differences between men and women more transparent and by prohibiting retaliation against workers who inquire about their employers’ wage practices.
Say you’re with us and with working women everywhere.
Lis Smith
Communications Team
Democratic Governors Association

Snickers, Fritos... or Marijuana

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Marijuana small (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Pot-Vending is on the way to Colorado, and maybe someday to your state.

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