For too long in higher education, different worker groups have conceived of themselves as separated by distinct, even competing interests. The isolation between groups reduces communication, fosters unawareness of common interests, and hinders their ability to effectively collaborate in solidarity, as does the divided and largely independent structure of the unions and bargaining units representing them. Without greater collaboration and solidarity, members of the higher education community are less able to resist the harmful trends that have been transforming the sector over the previous decades, subjecting them to increasingly similar working conditions and distancing higher education from its student learning, community service, and research missions. We propose a combination of elements from anarcho-syndicalist and social justice organizing approaches, centering intergroup solidarity and a flexible commitment to shared missions, as ways for higher education workers to build greater power and have a greater influence on the transformations occurring across higher education.
Scott, Daniel and Kezar, Adrianna J.
"Intergroup Solidarity and Collaboration in Higher Education Organizing and Bargaining in the United States,"
Academic Labor: Research and Artistry: Vol. 3
, Article 10.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.humboldt.edu/alra/vol3/iss1/10