Weekend News & Commentary – March 28-29

ON LABOR

Governor Jack Markell of Delaware wrote a letter to the New York Times urging other states to follow in Delaware’s footsteps and “eliminate the arbitrary loss of driver’s licenses for drug crimes that don’t involve automobiles” because “a valid driver’s license is essential to earning and keeping a job, but wrongheaded policies too often take it away.”  Governor Markell said that “everyone should work to pay back what he owes, but we must reserve automatic suspension of licenses for only the most serious of circumstances.”

Bloomberg Business reports that on Sunday, South African government and the country’s public service unions failed to reach agreement over wages, thereby increasing the risk of a strike.  “Our analysis is very simple: The government want a strike so they can unilaterally implement the offer that is on the table and that won’t be accepted,” said Mugwena Maluleke, general secretary for the South African Democratic Teachers…

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The National Mobilization for Equity is a coalition of organizations committed to alleviating the present staffing crisis in higher education: three-quarters of the teaching jobs in American colleges are held by underpaid, precarious and poorly-supported contingent faculty. Our long-term goal is to end contingency as the norm. The current untenable situation not only adversely affects all faculty members, both contingent and tenure-track, it also negatively impacts our profession, our students and the quality of their education.

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