For years, collegial relations between the faculty and the administration contributed to Quinnipiac University's prestige, helping it to a secure a place on U.S. News & World Report's list of the nation's best institutions of higher education. This past spring, Quinnipiac president John Lahey, exploiting a loophole in federal labor law, stripped professors of their right to bargain a contract and busted their union. Effectively declaring war on the university's professors, Lahey erased Quinnipiac's more than thirty-year history of negotiating with its faculty and recognizing professors' right to a democratic say in the decisions that shape their working lives.
Diminishing the status of a university's faculty cannot improve the status of the university. By denying professors their fundamental rights and provoking a bitter labor dispute, Lahey has jeopardized the collegial environment that has made Quinnipiac such a great place to work and to learn. But it doesn't have to be this way. Tell President Lahey to keep Quinnipiac great by abandoning his program of union-busting and by restoring the rights of the faculty.
The Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions is a loose-knit coalition of labor unions in the USA and Canada that represents graduate students employed as teachers, researchers, and administrative staff.