March 2, 2011

"I have professors that received doctorates from Berkeley. They can't afford to lose their collective bargaining."

Statement from a hardcore protester who's been sleeping on the marble floor of the Wisconsin Capitol for 10 days.

85 comments:

TMink said...

Now there is a guy who understands the world.

He does have an overgrown sense of loyalty though.

Trey

Ann Althouse said...

I have this quote on video in context but will not post the video.

shoutingthomas said...

Huh?

This means which?

1. A doctorate from Berkeley is a worthless piece of paper and without collective bargaining, Berkeley PhDs would be flipping burgers?

2. A doctorate from Berkeley is incredibly valuable and we can't afford to lose Berkeley-bred professors?

I chose #1. Am I missing something here?

PatHMV said...

Yes, because if collective bargaining goes away, the government and every business in the country will suddenly pay all workers only the minimum wage. No workers in the entire world would ever make more than 2 cents an hour and work in reasonable, comfortable conditions if it weren't for the almighty unions, from whom all good things come.

Chase said...

My neighbor's daughter has a Phd from Berkeley in English. She is today a Baptist missionary and blazingly happy whenever we see her visiting her parents.

Just sayin'

Crimso said...

Your university faculty have collective bargaining? Wish I did.

Movin' to Wisconsin soon, gonna be a doctoral union goon...

galdosiana said...

Um, the last time I checked, I'm pretty sure the profs here weren't unionized. Just TAs/PAs/RAs...

Henry said...

I wonder if those doctorates were in labor theory. If they lose their collective bargaining they might have to rethink their theories. This isn't about unions anymore. It's about epistemology.

Robert said...

A distorted snippet worth of MSNBC headline.

Well played, Professor!

Robert said...

Worthy. Geez.

The Drill SGT said...

Only Asians get useful PhD's from Cal anymore (the last 40 years anyway).

(Our Chinese and the other two types :)

The others, Black, Brown, White, get pseudo PhD degrees in non-sciences

I'm a Shaaaaark said...

I'm still waiting for a "Union Professors Gone Wild" video...

Only, what I picture is a stampede of drunk Ernest Hemingway look-alikes in professorial robes running down the street, chasing 'Tenure' and trampling anyone who gets in their path, until they all run off the end of a dock at Berkley Bay Marina...

shoutingthomas said...

The others, Black, Brown, White, get pseudo PhD degrees in non-sciences

Racist, but true.

I'm a Shaaaaark said...

Meanwhile...

Former Clinton Official Robert Reich Warns the Rich an Angry Populace Might Turn on Them Unless They Redistribute Their Wealth

"And then they see, uh, Republicans are very good at channeling that anger toward what? Government, immigrants, public employees. Well, an angry population and an angry populace could just as easily turn their anger toward the very rich. Again, it is in the interest of the people at the top to actually call for a more equitable distribution of the gains of economic growth and a better tax system: a tax system that is fair."

I'm sure when he says "fair", he doesn't mean "everyone pays the same percentage". Just a hunch.

Dave D said...

I went to grad school for chemistry here in Michigan in the 80's and was SHOCKED to find out that our university professors had a union and actually went on strike my second year there. What the heck does a person who makes a reputation on their own individual, UNIQUE research need a union for? Drive me even further into the Reagan camp.......

Shanna said...

What exactly do they think is going to happen if they lose collective bargaining rights? It's not that bad. I think they've made this crisis up in their heads...

Fen said...

You must be getting a ton of hits. Site is very slow to upload this AM.

I'm hoping its the Little Eichmanns in the MSM discovering that their gatekeeping mode has been outflanked. Again.

/shoutout to MSM Lurkers: this is why we hate you

lemondog said...

A non-sequitur caused by sleep deprivation?

Class factotum said...

I have a (non-Asian) friend who got his PhD in electrical engineering at Berkeley and he is very happy working in industry in a non-union job, making a good enough salary that he and his wife have a lovely house in Austin, a beach house in Corpus, and she does not have to work. If only he were in a union, then their lives would be good.

TosaGuy said...

So? I have a masters from Marquette and graduated free of student loans.

Nice to know I'm smarter than a Berkeley PhD.

I'm a Shaaaaark said...

What exactly do they think is going to happen if they lose collective bargaining rights?

Everyone in the world will receive pay cuts, except for rich people. Those rich people will begin to use the poor people for sport, like gladiator combat, women will be raped at gunpoint and impregnated and forced to carry it to term, animals will be butchered in the most painful manner as food, whales will be hunted to extinction, people of color (like me) will be hunted down and lynched or be caged like animals on display, children will be indoctrinated into National Socialism, and the poor Mother Earth will be raped, pillaged, and destroyed for corporate greed until global warming/climate change finally kills all life on the planet...

So, you Wisconsinites best pony up the dough for the unions, or we're all fucked.

Marshal said...

"Shanna said...

What exactly do they think is going to happen if they lose collective bargaining rights?"

Democratic Party campaign donations will drop.

Maguro said...

What exactly do they think is going to happen if they lose collective bargaining rights?

Without collective bargaining, they'll end up being oppressed and downtrodden, just like Federal employees.

Gabriel Hanna said...

Of course collective bargaining and unions have done so much for the adjuncts, on whom most teaching devolves, who generally have no job security or benefits.

This year, we have spent $217,000 on adjuncts. Since we pay $667 per credit hour (which I don’t think is nearly enough), we have used about 325 credit hours of adjunct time, or the equivalent of roughly 13.5 full-time faculty members. To hire 13.5 full timers at our average salary would cost about $810,000. In reality, we would mostly start with entry-level hires, so for the sake of argument, let’s say we’d spend around $725,000 on them. In addition, we’d need to pay benefits, which we don’t now offer to adjuncts, and that would add another $239,250 in costs. Thus, hiring enough full-time faculty members to eliminate our use of adjuncts would cost $964,250. Minus the adjunct expenses, that would be a net increase of $747,250.

A lot of these protestors from TAA are going to end up as adjuncts.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Well, an angry population and an angry populace could just as easily turn their anger toward the very rich.

Nostalgia for another Bolshevik Revolution I see.

Again, it is in the interest of the people at the top to actually call for a more equitable distribution of the gains of economic growth and a better tax system: a tax system that is fair."

Does fair mean that the rich pay a higher percentage than they already are?

Econophile said...

On on the Berkeley PhD... The Drill SGT is onto something.

I think the student is confused because his Berkeley-trained Gender Studies professors, while not actually unionized at UW, are the ones always pushing for it. They're the types who can't understand why other UW faculty in more serious departments make twice as much as they do.

If faculty were unionized, as TAs are, you'd have Blah Blah Studies faculty making the same as, say, economics faculty. This would limit the ability of real departments to attract good people. The problem already exists with attracting good graduate students--the Physics TA makes the same as a Communications TA.

jr565 said...

So from an economic standpoint, why would get a doctorate from an expensive university only to go into profession that doesn't pay that well, certainly not well enough to pay off their student loans.

lemondog said...

According to The Berkeley Blog the deeper issue is:

If the Wisconsin plan to kill the public employees’ unions succeeds, then there will be little union money in the future to support democratic candidates. Conservatives will be effectively unopposed in raising campaign funding in most elections, including the presidential elections. This will mean a thoroughly conservative America in every issue area.

The media, with few exceptions, is failing to get at the deeper issues.

SGT Ted said...

when the Redistribution comes, I'm going to Robert Reiches house and taking his stuff.

pinkmonkeybird said...

These idiots do not understand the issue or our country. If you listen to the new video out yesterday of their mobbing of the GOP legislator at the WI Statehouse, you can hear one of them angrily yell, "Give us back our democracy!"
Those words aptly apply to the fleebaggers, not the GOP.
They are a bunch of Lord Of The Flies savagage who haven't addressed the facts and only emotionally react to yesterday's emotional triggers.

joewxman said...

"when the Redistribution comes, I'm going to Robert Reiches house and taking his stuff."

judging by how he dresses he may decorate in early american tacky.

Gabriel Hanna said...

My last comment was caught in the spam filter, I guess.

Collective bargaining and unions haven't done much for adjuncts, who do the bulk of teaching without benefits or job security.

Students are paying the price of being taught by faculty who are offered, as a rule, the bare minimum of institutional support. This happens at colleges which boast various union chapters, including AAUP union affiliates. The Connecticut State system comes immediately to mind. In the AAUP’s contract, part-time faculty union member pay is actually capped by a clause that restricts pay maximums, and the contract gives administrators permission to withhold any part-time faculty member’s final paycheck until “obligations” have been met. In the contract, professional development and travel money are divvied up 90 percent-10 percent between the full-time and part-time faculty thanks to the AAUP union negotiators.

A lot of these protestors from TAA are going to be adjuncts.

Fen said...
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Fen said...

"Democracy for me but not for thee"

"No Freebies, No Peace!"

"If u can reed, thank me, Ima techr!"

The Crack Emcee said...

"I have professors that received doctorates from Berkeley. They can't afford to lose their collective bargaining."

Here, let me finish his statement for him:

"Because, you see, if professors that received doctorates from Berkeley lose their collective bargaining, then everyone might see how much crap they actually have in their heads, and how much damage they do to the world, and then that whole enlightened-hippie-on-campus thing will be blown, and we can't have that."

EDH said...

I have professors that received doctorates from Berkeley. They can't afford to lose their collective bargaining.

P.C. Translation: Those professors might leave to earn better compensation elsewhere.

It's politically incorrect to impute selfish motives to unionized "public servants," so you have to flip the self-interested abandonment of students to a euphemistic "can't afford" the loss of "collective bargaining."

The Drill SGT said...

SGT Ted said...
when the Redistribution comes, I'm going to Robert Reiches house and taking his stuff.


LOL.

SGT T, I know you live in CA, along with Robert, so may be able to get there early.

He's pro immigration, pro-tax, anti-gun, anti-death penalty, and short, so you can likely just take his door and help yourself.

Econophile said...

So from an economic standpoint, why would get a doctorate from an expensive university only to go into profession that doesn't pay that well, certainly not well enough to pay off their student loans.

A little know fact: Most people getting PhDs do not pay tuition. Unless it's a professional doctorate, like physical therapy or law or something, it's hard not to get funding that doesn't come with tuition remission. Admissions are more competitive because of this, of course...

Even if you were paying at Berkeley, it would be much, as it's subsidized by the fine taxpayers of California.

MadisonMan said...

But professors don't bargain collectively, do they?

I will say sleep deprivation has taken over this person's thought process.

The Drill SGT said...

On second thought, Crack likely lives closer :)

and can probably just ask Robert nicely for all his stuff.

Given Bob's world view, he'll likely offer to carry the silver out to Cracks ride

Gabriel Hanna said...

It's certainly appropriate to criticize the sense of entitlement that some people with fancy degrees have, but I don't think it's okay to denigrate their accomplishments. Then again, my Ph.D. advisor got his Ph.D. from Berkeley, so I'm not very objective on this. A lot of great scientific work comes out of Berkeley.

Gabriel Hanna said...

I'd second Econophile here:

Most people getting PhDs do not pay tuition.

At least in the sciences anyway. I only ever met one graduate student in the sciences who had to pay for it.

Typically graduate students are doing teaching and research, for which they are paid and their tuition is waved.

MikeR said...

Question of the day:
"What exactly do they think is going to happen if they lose collective bargaining rights?"

'Minds me of something my five-year-old daughter once said. We were talking about the possibility of traffic delays on a trip and how much extra time to allot. I think I said, "Well, what's the worst that could happen?" My daughter's eyes grew wide, and she said in hushed tones, "Someone's life could come to an end!"

Gabriel Hanna said...

I keep posting this and the spam filter or whatever keeps eating it, I guess we just can't include links any more.

Collective bargaining have done alomst nothing for adjuncts, who do the bulk of teaching without security or benefits; if faculty are unionized their representation is just rolled in with the tenured faculty, who get the bulk of all the advantages, but adjuncts still have to pay the union dues.

I'd love to add a link to cite, but every time I do my post disappears.

Shanna said...

the Redistribution comes, I'm going to Robert Reiches house and taking his stuff.

Bet he has a nicer tv than I do. Power to the People!

The Drill SGT said...

A lot of great scientific work comes out of Berkeley.

At one point in the late 60's, it was said that Cal had more Nobel prize winners than any other COUNTRY, in the world. Likely that is not true any longer.

(I assume that was driven by Physics and Chemistry Profs who were connected to the Manhattan project and who worked part time at LLNL, SNL, LANL, or LBNL.)

MadisonMan said...

Most people getting PhDs do not pay tuition.

Not true here in Wisconsin when I got mine. Tuition was removed from our paychecks. We were granted in-state tuition, however, the NSF grant I was working on through my major professor picked up the out-of-state portion.

Once you were through with classes, however, and just doing research as a dissertator, the tuition amount charged dropped by a lot. That was a nice economic incentive to get done with classes.

That was then. Don't know for sure how it is now.

MikeR said...

Gabriel, I used to teach as adjunct in local colleges: Towson, UMBC, Loyola... I never had to pay union dues at any of them. But then they never paid me anything much either, a couple of thousand per class. If they had tried to charge me I would never have taken the job.

Class factotum said...

What exactly do they think is going to happen if they lose collective bargaining rights?

Little children will be sent to work in the coal mines 14 hours a day.

traditionalguy said...

The motive behind the Robert Reich Dems is now clear for all to see. First stop all productive work, and replace it with made up government show work. Then stop extraction of our productive energy resources, and use the resulting collapsed economy as the excuse to start a mass extraction of Baby Boomer's assets. They are thieves who are now threatening murder.

Christine said...

It's all clear now. If teachers loose their collective bargaining in Wisconsin Governor Moonbeam will strip the faculty of UC Berkeley of their salaries and benefits. The average salary (not including benefits)is $145,800 for a professor at Berkeley.

How do they survive on that wage?

kimsch said...

IIRC UW employees only got collective bargaining in 2009 so they've had it less than 2 years. But the world will end if they don't have it anymore????

Gabriel Hanna said...

@MikeR: Not every university has unions, maybe I should have made that clear.

Like I said, I'd love to give you a link, but they all disappear. What I've described happens in some places. Of course there is a wide variety in university policies and practices.

Gabriel Hanna said...

@DrillSGT:

At one point in the late 60's, it was said that Cal had more Nobel prize winners than any other COUNTRY, in the world. Likely that is not true any longer.



They still have reserved parking for Nobel laureates. I'd love to include a link to the Google image search, but of course you can put in "berkeley sign nobel laureate parking".

I'm a Shaaaaark said...

Little children will be sent to work in the coal mines 14 hours a day.

Good. Some fresh air and exercise is what the little punks need, instead of sitting in front of the TV or computer all day.

:p

The Drill SGT said...

@ Gabriel

Great factiod. my favorite part:

Earlier this week, Williamson said he was hoping to get his parking permit quickly. The university's chancellor was holding a banquet in his honor, Williamson said, "and I'm hoping that he has in his pocket the parking pass, but we'll see."

Still, he said, "I won't be disappointed if I have to struggle for the next six weeks without it."

As it turned out, Williamson did not receive the permit at the chancellor's dinner, but upon hearing of his interview with NPR, the chancellor produced a handwritten temporary parking permit for Williamson on the spot.


Nobel in Economics

The spots are near Chemistry, Physics and Econ, the only departments that currently have prizes :)

Joe said...

(The Crypto Jew)


Little children will be sent to work in the coal mines 14 hours a day.

Good. Some fresh air and exercise is what the little punks need, instead of sitting in front of the TV or computer all day.


It could be considered a part of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign, as long as low-fat food is served in the mines.

William said...

The teachers are closer to a guild than to a union. They are using the language of Harlan County coal miners to appropriate the privileges of medieval clergy.

Norris said...

In 1998 I heard a teacher, who I knew had a masters degree, tell a Madison school board candidate that, "Without the union, I am nothing." At that moment I realized I did not want to raise a child in Madison's schools. I left the state when my daughter was three.

Gabriel Hanna said...

@DrillSGT:

One of my trips to LBNL I took a picture of one of the NL spots. A friend of mine had told me about them and I didn't believe him; I saw for myself and then apologized.

PETER V. BELLA said...

So a doctorate gives one the entitled right to lifetime employment?

edutcher said...

Berkeley profs fall into two categories.

The first are the ones in scientific disciplines. They do quite well and much of their work eventually finds its way into the corporate world - that's how Cisco got started - and the profs make very good money off it.

The second are the ones with the PhDs in PC and Demonstrating and I don't doubt for a minute they would be lost without the union.

The Drill SGT said...

I bet the 3 Cal profs with Field's Medals are/were jealous. After all, theirs in rarer (once each 4 years, and an under 40 requirement)

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edutcher said...
The first are the ones in scientific disciplines. They do quite well and much of their work eventually finds its way into the corporate world

I don't know. Not much use for Lawrencium :)

PS: Albert Ghiorso discovered 12, count'em, 12 elements while at Cal, and that wasn't enough to win a Nobel. He was just a "smasher" empiricist, not a theoretical physicist

Marshal said...

"According to The Berkeley Blog the deeper issue is:

If the Wisconsin plan to kill the public employees’ unions succeeds, then there will be little union money in the future to support democratic candidates."

At least we're getting a step toward honesty. They still won't admit using taxpayer money to fund the Democratic Party gives them an unfair advantage, but at least they admit that's the issue.

This is more evidence lefties are bizarrely out of touch. Does anyone outside the hard left think the public generally agrees that Democrats should be funded out of public funds? It's true that without them the government would be somewhat more conservative. The unfair advantage the spoils system (Public Unions, ACORN's children, grants etc) gives Democrats has left us a government far to the left of average people. Removing that advantage would leave us a government closer to mainstream American politics.

Triangle Man said...

That was then. Don't know for sure how it is now.

If a student is working as an RA/PA/TA or is funded through a "training grant", then the student isn't paying tuition out of their pocket. The Department or project funding the Assistantship, or the training grant, pays the tuition to the University at the in-state rate.

Not exactly the same as a tuition waiver or remission from the Institution's perspective, but from the student's perspective it might look the same.

edutcher said...

The Drill SGT said...
edutcher said...

The first are the ones in scientific disciplines. They do quite well and much of their work eventually finds its way into the corporate world

I don't know. Not much use for Lawrencium :)

PS: Albert Ghiorso discovered 12, count'em, 12 elements while at Cal, and that wasn't enough to win a Nobel. He was just a "smasher" empiricist, not a theoretical physicist


Can't speak to your example, but a lot of medical and tech advances have paid handsomely for many Berkeley profs over the years - I agree atom-smashing may not yield huge commercial applications, but I had to do a paper on the subject a couple of years ago and was impressed by the number of Berkeley's scientific faculty that had done well in the corporate world.

Triangle Man said...

So a doctorate gives one the entitled right to lifetime employment?

@PVB

Not sure how this is related to the discussion, but no. There are many many people with doctorates who are not tenured Professors at a University where tenure means something like a guarantee of continued employment.

Jay said...

and a better tax system: a tax system that is fair."


Does he mean a flat tax?

Would that be a system where the top 5% don't pay more than the bottom 95% as we do now?

Andrew said...

As a Cal grad, I am going to assume this means that Madison students look up to Berkeley.

ken in sc said...

How about PHD committee members who insist on being given co-author credit on publications they had nothing to do with?

The Drill SGT said...

Andrew said...
As a Cal grad, I am going to assume this means that Madison students look up to Berkeley.


well as a Davis grad, my comeback is, if they really looked up to Cal, would they call it Berkeley?

inside joke folks. The students at the Berkeley campus of the University of California, look down at thus of us from the other more plebian campuses, like the "Farm" at Davis. the rest of the schools are UCLA, UCxx or UCD, or UCx while the Berkeleyites prefer their sweatshirts and bumper stickers to say "Cal" or "UC"

the rest of us just blow raspberries :)

On the other hand, Davis has happy cows and good wine, two things Madison doesn't :)

Fred said...

As a taxpayer I'd like the collective bargaining right to set my tax bill in solidarity with my fellow taxpayers -- if they don't give us the rate we want, we all tax strike.

It's a RIGHT -- a collective bargaining RIGHT -- after all.

Fred said...

We taxpayers need the legal right to collectively bargain our tax bill -- with the right to strike if we don't like the deal.

The Drill SGT said...

Fred said...
We taxpayers need the legal right to collectively bargain our tax bill -- with the right to strike if we don't like the deal.


and we could come up with an exciting new slogan. something catchy....

How about: No Taxation, without Representation!!

think that would work?

Roman said...

As a taxpayer, I cannot afford to keep these professors in the lifestyle they have become used to.

They all need to try the real world for a while.

Synova said...

"On the other hand, Davis has happy cows and good wine, two things Madison doesn't :)"

Davis used to have a nuclear accelerator. I got a tour once from a friend who had wee-hour research time to log there and have to say that it was the coolest thing evah.

Cindy Martin said...

Boy, if a cosmetology instructor at MATC makes 137,000 per year, I wonder what a Berkley Phd. professor makes.
Poor guy. Now he'll have to pay into his pension.

deborah said...

MikeR, too cute. She sounds like a very thoughtful little girl.

bagoh20 said...

"What exactly do they think is going to happen if they lose collective bargaining rights?"

Fair and equal treatment according to merit - the scariest thing on earth to a union worker or anyone on the left.

I'm so proud of the conservatives right now. I don't believe in racial pride or even national pride, because I didn't choose those affiliations, but after a youth as a liberal, I chose to be conservative and I'm prouder than ever of that.

The distinction is so clear, and my choice so right. The superiority of freedom and free markets over what currently passes for liberalism and progressive thought is stark, invigorating, calming and incredibly humbling in its power and simplicity. A Free people is a beautiful thing and a beautiful thing is a joy to pursue and support.

MadisonMan said...

Boy, if a cosmetology instructor at MATC makes 137,000 per year

Betsey Barrhorst would want you to clarify that: Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Leo Ladenson said...

"I have professors that received doctorates from Berkeley."


The proper relative pronoun for persons is "who," as in "I have professors who received doctorates from Berkeley."

It seems like those Berkeley-credentialed professors aren't teaching proper English style.

Largo said...

Crimso:
You are my muse.

  Benefits up
  Class sizes down
  And a whole bunch of picket signs
  That you can -- take downtown!
  (Movin' to Wisconson soon...)

Chanting slogans all day long might
  Hurt your throat, so I will
    Write you this phoney - doctor's - note!

      Writing your phoney doctor's note.
      Writing your phoney doctor's note.


Tell me that your local union
  Has your vote; I will
    Write you a phoney - doctor's - note!

      Writing your phoney doctor's note.
      Writing your phoney doctor's note.


(If your) Boss cites absense as a reason
  To demote, simply
    Show him this phoney - doctor's - note!

      Writing your phoney doctor's note.
      Writing your phoney doctor's note.


  And that's why I'm movin' to Wisconson!

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