US labor law
Anyone have good recommendations about the history of professional class salaried exemption from overtime laws? I am convinced that one of the biggest scams is professional middle class ppl who have internalized the idea that working more than 40 hours a week without additional pay is normal because overtime pay doesn't exist for their class of employment (and this is why as a matter of political principle I generally refuse to work more than 40 hours a week)
it has always been tough to find someone to do this work but I think 2020/2021 has broken so many people. and also, there are fewer people to do this work. in our system, committee work is a major way for new library faculty to get service credit, and uh......... we are a very senior heavy library faculty workforce due to admin refusing to hire new faculty for years now
feel like i'm hearing and seeing from MPOW and others that all the hard but important jobs in academic shared governance/faculty leadership are getting increasingly desperate to find someone to fill the slot (department chairs, faculty senate/union leadership, library chairs, etc). I don't really know what to do about this but it concerns me, a lot.
scholars of bureaucracy and organizational power, who should I be reading for the phenomenon about how people in power will claim they are powerless to do anything even though they actually can, if they actually had the courage to do so? Inspired by this example of LSU's former president confirming what we all know about how big athletics shapes everything around university priorities https://www.chronicle.com/article/his-new-job-on-the-line-this-president-unleashed-a-scorched-earth-critique-of-his-old-campus
caveat: i work in librarianship where the service expectations and associated responsiveness are much higher than other faculty groups
anyone have a go-to line to share when a colleague tells you they're staying up late at night replying to emails? I want to tell them "normalize neglecting your inbox and please don't apologize for your late replies" but I am afraid of it coming across as condescending. Or dealing with "well that must be great for you, but *I* could never do that." (for the record: i routinely ignore my own inbox and generally never send emails after 5:30 pm)
Robert's Rules/Parliamentary questions
Working through some bylaws revision changes that require a 2/3 approval. The voting membership in question is 28 people. Does this mean we need 18 or 19 people to vote in favor for a change to take effect? All my searching is failing me regarding how normal parliamentary procedure deals with rounding up or down.
related is something I recall from an interview with career teachers: that they hold the institutional knowledge of what schools *can be* because that's what it was like at the beginning of their careers, whereas the parents of their students turn over every year and have no idea what resources once existed. Thus making the teachers a much more formidable force for fighting back against austerity measures. No wonder education reformers want to break teachers unions - it also breaks that memory
had a 5 AM half-sleep half-waking thought that a key feature of neoliberalism is the hostility to institutional knowledge (e.g., reliance on contractors instead of permanent staff, the rhetoric of innovation, etc). As an archivist working at an institution replacing permanent staff members with 3-year temps, this also impacts my job in preserving the historical record considerably. Who's writing about this aspect of neoliberalism?
mid-career in academia
i refer to all of this updating of long overdue (or non-existent) bylaws/policies/procedures as the deferred maintenance of shared governance.
mid-career in academia
I am our library faculty executive committee chair and have never felt more seen by an article in CHE. I got tenure a few years ago and I'm deep in the process of revising our bylaws and policies and procedures. The least sexy work but some of the most important. That sense of all the necessary parts of academic administrivia being on you as the recently tenured person is so, so real. And worse because we have fewer faculty lines to share the burden. https://www.chronicle.com/article/the-associate-professor-trap
higher ed admin
I don't doubt for a moment that being a university president is an incredibly stressful job, but when adjuncts are on food stamps and staff are getting furloughed, this is a little bit of a clueless statement that doesn't engender a lot of sympathy for the top of the food chain (source: https://www.chronicle.com/article/college-presidents-need-help-lately-too)
Reminder for archives researchers
(I can't believe I have to remind people of all of this, but here we are. Stop treating archivists this way. It's gross.)
Reminder for archives researchers
A friendly reminder from an archivist:
1. If we ask you to wear a mask, WEAR IT.
2. Your failure to plan around your deadlines is not our problem
3. Sorry that our ability to pull things for you has slowed down. There is still a pandemic going on. There are no rush jobs or archival emergencies during a pandemic. Calm down.
4. I also know the editor of the journal you are writing for. Please stop assuming archivists don't also do their own scholarship.
thinking about the tremendous differences between faculty unions/professor worker identities and K-12 unions/teacher worker identities and how the latter seems to be able to create so much more solidarity because the distance between a STEM and humanities educator in high school is much less in high school than higher ed
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