On the Waterfront: Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Prominent Advocate for Adjunct Faculty Clashes with Union Leaders
The supreme law of the United States of America is the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, heralded by the July 4, 1776 announcement of the Declaration of Independence. Yet, for approximately 75% of the faculty, freedom of speech is just another phrase for nothing left to lose.
An example is the way the academic unions treat faculty who disagree with the official union stand.
The union should embrace the diversity, include all views, and respect that in a free society, truth comes through unfettered and free dialogue.
Faculty member Jack Longmate is the latest person in the latest incident displaying that some unyielding faculty union members transform honest dialogue into a trigger for swift punishment by certain members of the union who do not believe that all faculty are equal.
The undemocratic union members, who may be few in number but who wield much power, set their sights on any faculty member who exercises freedom of speech.
As shown in the classic film On the Waterfront, a union "boss" can quickly turn tyrant.
With this latest incident from the beautiful city of Bellingham, the union bosses hostile to freedom of speech are once again showing the only part they know how to play is Johnny Friendly.
On the Waterfront shows how faculty feel when they dare to disagree with the union bosses.