Good Time to Be a “Union Shop”

The AAUP is out with new research on faculty salaries, and the news, unsurprisingly, is not that good.

“Over all, salaries for this academic year are 1.2 percent higher than last year, the smallest increase recorded in the survey’s 50 years — and well below the 2.7 percent inflation rate from December 2008 to December 2009.”

Though, it should be noted that not many people earned raises last year. There surely would have been a nasty backlash if faculty had earned large average gains amid the economic circumstances of 2009.

Still, it’s good to be aware of the trends.