Friday, February 06, 2004
I think we use different concepts of progress
Actually, the article is reasonably fair and does an ok job of reporting the current state of the grad union movement. If you've always wondered what those crazy campus radicals are up to, this isn't a bad place to go for some basic facts.
The author catches one of the most salient features of the grad union dynamic. Namely, that it involves a conflict between parties who share a lot of common ground.
Check out this quote from management consultant John Stepp:
"Most university administrators today believe it would be the end of Western civilization if a union was to get a foothold on their campus, and yet these same administrators would most likely philosophically argue that unions are a critical component to democratic society," he says. "Therein lies the irony of this question, and the key component that makes the entire issue so complex."
If only he weren't a professional union buster, Stepp might advise university administrators to look to their own better nature. As it is, that would be bad for business.