Dissertation Information for Joseph John Mika
- Joseph John Mika
- Library and Information Science
- University of Pittsburgh (USA) (1980)
- Martha L. Manheimer
- Thomas J. Galvin
- Ellen Detlefsen
- Frank B. Sessa
- Robert Nossen
MPACT Status: Fully Complete
Title: PATTERNS OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING: AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE DEVELOPMENT AND CONSEQUENCES OF FACULTY COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, UNIT CERTIFICATION AND CONTRACT NEGOTIATION ON PROFESSIONAL LIBRARIANS IN ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS OF PENNSYLVANIA
Abstract: The organization of faculty for collective bargaining in institutions of higher education began in the late 1960s and evidenced rapid growth in the early 1970s. Research concerning unionization of academic institutions has focused upon the faculty unit as a whole rather than on its various components. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of collective bargaining on librarians in selected academic institutions in Pennsylvania. The research had four major objectives:
1. to investigate patterns in unit determination, unit certification, and faculty bargaining agreements in order to provide a better understanding of the phenomena of collective bargaining;
2. to identify the tangible and intangible factors affecting librarians involved in faculty bargaining;
3. to provide comparisons and evaluations of decisions rendered by labor relations boards regarding unit determination and unit certification and of provisions in faculty agreements which affect librarians;
4. to determine what Pennsylvania institutions have accomplished or failed to accomplish through faculty bargaining for librarians in order to make recommendations to benefit others facing similar faculty agreements.
The descriptive method was used in this study for its suitability in the identification of conditions and characteristics of the faculty bargaining process in four-year institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania. Institutions examined included twelve single-campus and four multi-campus institutions.
The study found that interest in unionization by Pennsylvania academic librarians was not perceived as an abandonment of professional status; rather unionization was seen as an alternative means to achieving faculty status. At each institution, except for one, the academic librarians were too small a group to affect collective bargaining negotiations significantly. Librarian concerns were bargained away in favor of administrative concessions for the teaching faculty. There were few instances where library-related concerns (library budgets, book allocations, staff size, etc.) received attention in negotiations. Librarians were active in only six collective bargaining campaigns.
The status of librarians, except at one institution, remained virtually the same as before collective bargaining activity. There were few tangible benefits which were gained by librarians at institutions that chose to unionize or at those institutions which experienced collective bargaining activity. At institutions where contracts have been negotiated, only four areas reflect librarian advancement: salary improvement, evaluation, promotion, and tenure. These areas were the most affected, as the criteria for salary improvement. Generally, the librarians remain a peripheral group, with few, if any, guaranteed rights to participation on bargaining committees.
The impetus for interest in unionization at the institutions varied from campus to campus, but generally included dissatisfaction on the part of the librarians with salaries, workload, and calendar, which were not commensurate with that of the teaching faculty. Examination of National and Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board decisions revealed no patterns in the inclusion or exclusion of librarians in the bargaining unit.
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