Over 26 percent of public universities in 13 states have faculty representation on their board.Shared governance guarantees that key stakeholders, and those most knowledgeable about the university operations, can help guide it. For personnel issues boards have specific protocols for executive session to avoid conflicts of interest.
This bill adds faculty, staff, and student representation to the UVM and VSCS Boards of Trusteesto support and democratize governance by the universities most experienced and knowledgeable stakeholders.
Over the last four decades there has been an unprecedented effort to dismantle the power of working people by dismantling the power of labor unions. The conservative movement, backed by billionaires like the Koch Brothers (See https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-freedom-foundation-20180628-story.html) have poured millions of dollars into destroying labor unions ability to organize and function. Unfortunately, these efforts have shown success with states across the country establishing “Right-to-Work” laws; states undermining labor unions ability
Our Union, AFT Vermont, a state-wide union representing five thousand higher education and healthcare professionals, endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for President following an overwhelming vote by the members who participated in the union's process.
In our endorsement, we emphasized Sen. Sanders's longtime and consistent support for working people and organized labor--which he has demonstrated by
* walking picket lines
* supporting organizing drives and contract fights, and
* championing legislation to strengthen unions in the face of attacks on organized labor.