Ahead in Challenging Times
We are all well
aware that these are tough times for unions and for our membership. Many
groups are pushing for cuts to public employee pay and public higher education
funding. The Private College Council is proposing to shift funding away
from public institutions to students at private colleges. Not only must
we fight hard to maintain what we have in public institutions but to maintain
continued access for students of all backgrounds. We must work harder
than ever to assure fair compensation and benefits for faculty members.
We need to get friends of higher education elected to the legislature,
and lobby harder to protect and improve our public institutions during
these difficult times.
Competitive pay is essential to attracting and retaining quality
faculty members. It is in the interest of both the universities and the
faculty to maintain competitive pay, and the union plays a crucial role.
The InterFaculty Organization (IFO) needs to focus its time and resources
on its primary mission—improving faculty welfare through better
pay and working conditions so that higher education
continues to attend to the needs of its diverse and talented students.
for Equality and Fairness
Unions have always been at the forefront of the equality movement, and
I believe the IFO should continue this tradition. If elected, I will seek
legislative funding for pay equity among all faculty. Even in these challenging
times, we should never give up our opposition to discrimination based
on race, creed, color, nationality, gender, and sexual orientation.
Retaining and Building Academic Excellence at State Universities
MnSCU has blurred the mission differences between state universities and
community and technical colleges. I strongly advocate improving the visibility
of our mission as well as many other contributions of the state universities.
Public education is a public good but also enhances our state’s
I oppose the legislative proposal for setting up a campus closing commission.
Small rural campuses are necessary for geographical access to affordable
I am deeply committed to expanding professional improvement opportunities,
particularly for younger faculty members through more release time and
travel funds and access to outside resources.
MnSCU needs to “walk the talk” and negotiate fairly and in
a timely manner. State University faculty have earned and deserve respect
in contract negotiations and settlements.