Links of the Week

Even ‘Valid’ Student Evaluations are ‘Unfair’
Inside Higher Ed
Student evaluations of teaching reflect students’ biases and are otherwise unreliable. So goes much of criticism of these evaluations, or SETs. Increasingly, research backs up both of those concerns.

Why We’re Striking for Fair Teaching Wages at UC Santa Cruz — Even With a Baby on the Way
Washington Post
Last week, the University of California at Santa Cruz administration fired more than 80 graduate student workers, including one of us.  The move was retaliation for a December strike in which graduate students who are paid teaching assistants withheld fall grades. We demanded a cost-of-living increase that would bring UC Santa Cruz graduate students out of “rent burden” — when 30 percent or more of one’s income goes toward rent and utilities.

The Face of a New Union Movement
New Yorker
Haag is part of a wave of young workers who have been unionizing in sectors with little or no tradition of unions: art museums, including the Guggenheim and the New Museum, but also tech companies, digital-media brands, political campaigns, even cannabis shops.

Union Wins $575M Pension Deal from Albertsons, Cerberus Capital
New York Post
Billionaire Steve Feinberg just went toe-to-toe with the labor unions — and he blinked.  The secretive boss of Cerberus Capital Management — the buyout fund that owns grocery giant Albertsons — has made surprise concessions in a deal with the U.S. government, agreeing to pay $575 million to shore up a massive, troubled pension plan covering some 50,000 supermarket workers, sources said.

House Kills Higher Education Budget after Citing BSU Diversity Letter
Idaho Ed News
Legislators killed the higher education budget on the House floor Monday morning, offering a sharp rebuke to Idaho’s college and university system and casting doubt on the Legislature’s ability to adjourn the 2020 session next week.