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About mkevane

Economist at Santa Clara University and Director of Friends of African Village Libraries.

Aldous Harding covers “Right Down The Line” by Gerry Rafferty

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Budget transparency at private universities: Some thoughts about SCU

A few days ago, the Santa Clara University campus recreation unit sent an email to faculty and staff announcing that starting in the next academic year fees of $200 per year would be charged for use of the recreation facilities … Continue reading

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Why does SCU want to take the faculty unionization straight to the NLRB? Because they could reverse every unionization on every Jesuit and other “religious” university

From Philip Miscimarra, current Trump-appointed chair of the NLRB, in his dissent (when he was minority) in both the Duquesne and the Loyola University cases of 2017: Second, as explained in my separate opinion in Pacific Lutheran University, 361 NLRB … Continue reading

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Tactics when confronting a Trump-appointee dominated NLRB: “three would-be unions withdraw petitions”

In a sign of how much things have changed, three unions withdrew petitions pending review by the board within the last week. In so doing, the unions said they’d rather continue to seek voluntary union recognition from their institutions — … Continue reading

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When Loyola University A&S faculty tried to unionize, religious-ness became an issue…

The university administration argued for an exemption on grounds that university had a religious mission. NLRB board at the time rejected claim but apparently unexpectedly decided to exclude faculty in theology from the bargaining unit. Apparently the dissenter was a … Continue reading

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Recent news on faculty unionization efforts

A good proportion of non-tenure track faculty at Santa Clara University are trying to organize a unionization vote, with considerable resistance from the university. Last week at the Faculty Senate Council,. university counsel Bridget Colbert and Senior Associate Provost for … Continue reading

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Just one quick thought on The OA

People who knew me back in 2010ish era knew that I liked Lost a lot until the last season. The opening scene with Desmond remains an all-time favorite piece of cinema. I mentioned back then several times: the only way … Continue reading

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