Aug 25, 2016

WSU Gender Equity Work Group

The WSU Gender Equity Work Group was established in February 2016. The group was formed as a joint affiliation of the WSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women (COSW), the WSU Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) and the American Association of University Professors-AFT Local 6075 (AAUP-AFT). Membership now comprises individuals from numerous departments, schools, and colleges across campus.  The Work Group’s initial mission was to continue research, initiated by the COSW in 2014, that examined pay equity at Wayne State.  That mission has grown to include current projects and research focused on lactation rooms, childcare, and parental leave.  

We welcome all employees, students and alumni who are interested in gender equity at Wayne State to join us in our mission.

Aug 23, 2016

Senator suggests colleges swap teachers for videos

He called higher education a “cartel” and suggested colleges could cut the number of instructors and increase use of online videos like Ken Burns’ 11½-hour documentary on the Civil War.

“Why do you have to keep paying different lecturers to teach the same course? You get one solid lecturer and put it up online,” Johnson said. “If you want to teach the Civil War across the country, are you better off having, I don’t know, tens of thousands of history teachers, who, you know, kind of know the subject? Or would you be better off popping in 14 hours of Ken Burns’ Civil War tape and having those teachers proctor based on that excellent video production already done? You keep duplicating that over all these different subject areas.”

via PBS

Aug 11, 2016

Take Action Against Pay Discrimination

Time is running out! 

Only have a few more days to flood the Obama Administration with messages in support of equal pay.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has a proposal that would require all private employers with more than 100 employees to report pay data by race and gender. This would be a huge game changer for women. The EEOC would use this data to spot situations where workers appear to be paid less because of their gender or race and launch an investigation. 
Equal pay won’t happen without strong enforcement of equal pay laws, and this new reporting requirement will put some real muscle behind that enforcement. 
Women can’t afford to be shortchanged any longer.

Tell the Obama Administration and the Office of Management and Budget that you 
support its efforts to increase pay transparency.

Jul 7, 2016

A Family-Friendly Policy That’s Friendliest to Male Professors

 "The policies led to a 19 percentage-point rise in the probability that a male economist would earn tenure at his first job. In contrast, women’s chances of gaining tenure fell by 22 percentage points. Before the arrival of tenure extension, a little less than 30 percent of both women and men at these institutions gained tenure at their first jobs. The decline for women is therefore very large. It suggests that the new policies made it 
extraordinarily rare for female economists to clear the tenure hurdle."


Jun 23, 2016

How will the Flint crisis end for Snyder?

'Why isn't there a law against this?'
"This is a unique situation. You just don't see this kind of thing," Henning tells MT. "It's one of those cases where you say, 'Why isn't there a law against this?' Well, no one ever thought we would need a law, because why would anyone do anything this stupid?"
Peter Henning, Law School Professor & AAUP-AFT Local 6075 member - speaking of the #FlintWaterCrisis


Union Rounds

Union Rounds is the new one page publication from AAUP-AFT Local 6075.

The idea is for Union Rounds to provide members with relevant news and information more frequently. As rounds happen around the campus, updates with news from the Wayne State community will be written.

Click on the images to get the PDF:

Jun 21, 2016

States Investing the Most in Higher Education

Not Michigan...

39. Michigan
> Annual higher ed. spending per student:
> 5-yr. chg.: -4.5% (8th smallest decrease)
> Total public college enrollment: 392,275 (6th highest)
> Tuition cost per student: $11,413 (3rd highest)
With nearly 39,000 undergraduates, Michigan State University is one of the largest public education institutions in the country. In total, there are 392,275 full-time students enrolled at public colleges and universities in Michigan, the sixth most of any state. Despite the importance of educational institutions in the state, Michigan invests only $5,097 in higher education annually per student, far less than in the majority of other states.