Links of the Week

Fordham University Contingent Faculty overwhelmingly vote to join SEIU Faculty Forward
SEIU Faculty Forward
NEW YORK, NY — Today, in a union election held by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Fordham University contingent faculty voted overwhelmingly to join Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 200United. Out of more than 900 eligible voters, a clear majority of Fordham contingent faculty — including adjunct faculty, full time non-tenure track faculty, and postdoctoral fellows — voted 16-to-1 to unionize.

I’m a grad student, and the Republican tax plan could cost me thousands of dollars
Washington Post
Thanks to the Republican tax bill being considered in the House of Representatives, my own tax bill could go up by nearly $10,000 next year — and that’s not the half of it.

Meet homeless college professor who lives in her car
Inside Edition
Ellen James-Penney loves being an English professor. But when she leaves work at San Jose State University, she heads home to her car. Believe it or not, she’s not the only professor living this way.

Senate Leader Kevin de Léon announces new complaint policy, moves out of his house
Sacramento Bee
The California Senate, its process for addressing complaints against lawmakers under fire, announced Sunday that an outside legal firm will handle all investigations of sexual harassment in the house going forward, shifting some control away from a committee of senators who previously controlled the process.

Will grad student unionization lose steam under Trump?
Inside Higher Ed
Advocates for graduate student unionization at private colleges, underway for decades, were hopeful in the early years of the Obama administration that they would reach a breakthrough with a Democrat-appointed National Labor Relations Board.

Students defrauded by for-profit college sue U.S. Education Department
New York Law Journal
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two women who claim they were defrauded by a for-profit college have sued the Education Department and a private loan servicer in a case their attorneys say could provide a new legal remedy for tens of thousands of students frustrated with the department’s inaction on claims seeking loan forgiveness.