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"I think that many of the faculty members are conservative
because they are powerless when it comes to dealing with the
administration," Paul A. Olson, president of UNL local of
American Federation of Teachers (AFT), said. "A union
would give this faculty much more say in matters where we
need to be heard."
He also said AFT could work with ASUN in subjects of
common concern when dealing with the regents and the
The president of ASUN Steve Fowler, told the local
members that a teachers' union on campus might tend to
centralize the conservative elements of the faculty against the
students interest, according to Olson.
AFT is associated with AFL-CIO. There are approximately
100 dues paying members on the UNL campus with all
colleges represented. Olson considers AFT to be an alternative
to the American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
even though AAUP is gradually evolving into a union.
In a recent poll conducted by AFT, 600 faculty members
and administrators were questioned about their reaction to a
teachers' union. Of the 50 per cent who responded, 50 per
cent were generally in favor of a union, 30 per cent were
against and 20 per cent were non-committal, according to
In a local meeting Monday night, member Craig MacPhee,
UNL economics professor, presented a study which pointed
out the status of faculty salaries in relation to rank and
' Some alleged inequities include assistant professors having
lower salaries than some microbiology instructors. The study
pointed out several other examples which involved over 420
According to Olson, the union would propose certain
minimum wage standards according to rank that would be
consistent through departments. The minimum wage would
still allow for market competition with other universities and a
reward system for quality teaching, said Olson.
He said the present method of setting wages for the faculty
would be appropriate only for a small organization.
In conjunction with firing procedures, AFT would like to
agree with the administration on a set method of due process
for when a faculty member is relieved of his job, said Olson.
He said that the faculty has no formal contract with the
University so it is difficult to discuss employment 'disputes.
"Due process would have eliminated a lot of the problems
associated with the Rozman case," ha said. Steven Rozman, a
former UNL political science .teacher,, was fired a year ago
and he is fighting the dismissal through the courts.
AFT would also ask for a maximum teaching load of nine
hours per semester if they become recognized, Olson said.
The local has received some criticism from other faculty
members for various reasons, including the opinion that a
union is an unprofessional organization.
"Many people around here do not like the idea of a
teachers' union because they associate the word 'strike' with
unions," Olson said. "We are public employees and by law we
are not allowed to strike."
Olson mentioned that another function of Hie union would
be to direct more funds towards the undergraduate programs.
"Graduate schools receive the highest priority for funds
because that's where a university gets its reputation. AFT
would work for a better quality undergraduate program," he
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Alpha Gamma Sigma will
hold an open house of their
new fraternity house at 40th
and Hotdrege, from 2-5 p.m.
Dr. Paul Bancroft will speak
on "The Difference Between
Boys and Girls," from 7:30 to
9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the
General Arnold School Library
as part of the University Health
Center's program of service to
There will be an
International Club coffee
house 3:30 5:50 p.m. Sunday
in the basement of
There will be a meeting for
all persons interested in an
alternative newspaper at 7 p.m.
Monday in the Nebraska Union
Registration for the NU Yell
Squad tryouts is open until
Feb. 28. Students interested
may register in Rm. 340 Union.
The first practice will be at 4
p.m. Wednesday in the Henzlik
UNL School of Music
Professors Raymond Miller,
tenor and Jack Snider, French
horn, will present a program of
vocal and instrumental music
at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Kimball
Nebraska, Iowa and both
coasts entered more than 500
prints in the first photography
contest held by Sheldon Art
Gallery. One-third of these are
now on exhibit until March 19.
Refund checks for most of
those students who had credit
balances on second semester
tuition statements are now
available at the Bursar's
window 204 Administration
Building, 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon
and 14 p.m. weekdays.
The Student Cause (SO has
filed a party for the A'jUN
election with it: slsce of
officers listed as: Bruce
Beecher, president; Sam
Brower, 1st vice president;
Michele Gagne, 2nd vice
president. March 3 is the
deadline for other parties to
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