6.0500 Q: MLA on Collective Bargaining (1/30)

Thu, 11 Feb 1993 16:34:19 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 6, No. 0500. Thursday, 11 Feb 1993.

Date: Thu, 11 Feb 93 16:11:33 -0500
From: mcc@timessqr.gc.cuny.edu (George McClintock)
Subject: MLA and collective bargaining

Dear Humanists,

The following quotation is taken from the Modern Language Association
Newsletter, Spring 1993, Page 6.

"_Request to Support the Formation of Faculty Unions._ The Council
received a request to issue a statement supporting the formation of
faculty unions but decided that, because of the diversity of legal
regulations and opinions on this issue, it would not be appropriate
for the MLA to take a stand."

What does "to take a stand" signify? Is the MLA refusing to declare a
moral position for or against collective bargaining? What constitutes
"the diversity of legal regulations and opinions" created by
collective bargaining? Given that the MLA promotes both curricular
and ideological diversity in its publications, what is the
significance of its failure to publish the request subsequently
denied by its Executive Council?

I would appreciate any comments you may have about this topic.

Many thanks,


* George McClintock || mcc@timessqr.gc.cuny.edu *
* The opinions expressed are those of the author and do *
* not reflect the opinions or policies of the CUNY GSUC. *