Links of the Week

A quick fix is unlikely for California colleges’ capacity woes
Education Drive
California faces a fairly unique problem: Its colleges and universities are quickly filling up and are beginning to struggle to educate everyone who is eligible to enroll there.

UC ends long-running labor dispute, reaches tentative deal with 19,000 health care workers
Sacramento Bee
The bargaining team for roughly 17,000 patient care technical workers reached a tentative contract agreement with the University of California, ending one of the institution’s longest-running contract disputes, according to a news release issued Tuesday by Local 3299 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Appeals Court Blocks Adjunct Union
Inside Higher Ed
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Duquesne University’s status as a Roman Catholic institution exempts it from National Labor Relations Board’s rules on forming an adjunct union.

Labor law makes it too hard to start unions. Workers deserve a bigger voice
CNN Business
Every year, I teach a class on labor and workplace policy for graduate students at Columbia University. And every year, I begin class by asking students what comes to mind when they think about the labor movement. When I first started teaching, students mainly described unions as organizations that were once important, but probably out of date in the current economy. “Good for people who made cars,” quipped one student.