I am afraid.
When I first faced a classroom of incredibly bright, demanding, students, I was not afraid.
When I open my teaching evaluations each year, knowing student expectations are ever higher, I am not afraid.
When I voice a controversial opinion at a departmental or committee meeting, I am not afraid.
I am afraid now. Why?
- The efforts to unionize have already created conflict where little, if any, existed among colleagues in Peabody. I am afraid the SEIU unionization strategies will forever divide our faculty into us and them.
- Faculty who have concerns about this union say they are afraid to acknowledge those fears publicly. What? We are here because we believe in academic freedom and the inherent right of the individual to voice an opinion, to take a stand, no matter how controversial that stand might be. I am afraid that, if SEIU is allowed to unionize Peabody, even more voices will be silenced in the future.
- I live a life based on a moral code of truth, justice, and transparency. SEIU has shown that truth and transparency have no role in their mission, values, or tactics—and that justice is only accorded to those who vote for this union. I am afraid that SEIU representation will damage my hard-won reputation for making ethics my first priority. I fear SEIU will, similarly, damage Peabody’s reputation.
To quote professor Kathryn Plummer of Blair, “we need unity, not a union” to effect desired changes at Peabody.
Once a union is voted in, it is extremely difficult to dislodge them.
- If you have any doubts about unionization, please vote No for Now to allow more time to explore all options for achieving our goals.
- If you are committed to unionization, but have well-founded concerns or questions about whether SEIU, a union primarily focused on hourly workers, is the right union to represent our college’s faculty, please vote No for Now.
- If you are receiving this email but are not in the class that SEIU deemed eligible to decide our future, please urge your colleagues who are eligible to vote. And, if you are NTT faculty but did not receive a ballot, please request one. Make your voice heard.
Regardless of how you decide to vote, please VOTE. If you have not received a ballot by today, please request one.
Corbette Doyle, EdD
Lecturer, Leadership Policy & Organizations
Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
Payne Hall, Room 011B
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