Sunday, September 11, 2011

Turn out the lights....

And so it ends. The strike is over and it is back to work tomorrow but I don't think things will be back to normal for a while. The deal is a pretty crappy one but I think a lot of people were scared to the vote passed overwhelmingly. It's a pretty crappy deal especially for the librarians and I can't help but be a little bitter because it was transparent what was happening and everyone knew and acknowledged that the librarians were taking it on the chin and the vote still was what it was.

Now that I have had a night to sleep on it (I wrote the first paragraph yesterday right after the vote) I can honestly say that I am still feeling bitter. I tried to look at it that I am in a better place, career wise, than I was before I took this job but morally and ethically something still sticks in my craw. Regardless of the department or group that got the short end of the stick, and this time it happened to be us in the library, I still find it ethically impermissible to feed the beast this way, at someone else's expense. And that's what just happened. Maybe it's my naive idealistic ideals that I still cling to and maybe this is just the way things are and I just have to accept that this is par for the course. The thing is, I can't just shrug my shoulders and say c'est la vie and call it a day. That would be counter to who I am and those naive idealistic notions that make me who I am and are a part of me like my big nose.

It' s a tough pill to swallow and I guess I'll get over it soon enough but it still doesn't change what happened and what they accepted. Now it's time for me to be accepting.


Thursday, September 8, 2011


strike logoImage by ...MurPHy-MRF... via FlickrYes, that's right, we are on strike. What a bummer.

Here I am, thinking I have my dream job, and it still may be, but to have this contention so early on is distasteful to say the least.

Now as one of the junior faculty that this strike is supposed to look out for, I can't help but still feel a little bit vulnerable. I am wholly appreciative of the senior faculty for taking this stance for us. It would have been easy for them to just take whatever was offered figuring they had made their money already or were going to retire soon anyway and leave us younger faculty holding the bag. We have to walk a fine line with showing our appreciation and supporting the union and the strike but also we must be mindful of the internal politics that could be a factor. In other words, we don't was to piss off the wrong people being so new and easily replaceable in a way.

It's not just ticking people off, it's being seen as a person that is not on board or not having the institution's best interests at the fore even though we want to place to succeed because that is good for us in the long ru if we plan on being there for the long run. And let's be perfectly clear and honest, I see a big step in the university being successful is its ability to keep good, younger faculty members that are going to grow and be the academic future of the place. If they can't keep us, with places very close getting much better deals, then the who does have the future of the institution as a priority?

As a colleague of mine so eloquently and appropriately said, "This sucks."
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