Trends in Labor Management Issues at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

TitleTrends in Labor Management Issues at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsDavenport, Elizabeth K.
JournalJournal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy
Date Published2014
KeywordsAfrican-Americans, discrimination, minorities, race, unionization

The mobilization of workers through unionization has deep historical roots within American society; more so in the northern regions than in the southern region of this country. Despite these historical roots, some sectors of the American population (i.e., minorities in general and African Americans in particular) who have experienced various forms of discrimination have not fully participated in the unionization movement. This is especially true of the faculty in historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). As a result of the various forms of discrimination that not only denied them meaningful participation in the labor market but restricted their economic success, and the segregation that resulted from the stereotypic views of racial minorities, the fact that HBCU faculty do not mobilize effectively on college campus through unionization is troubling. In fact, on some HBCU campuses, faculty have no mechanism to participate in the governance of their own university. With the survival and destiny of HBCUs at stake, HBCU faculty must be proactive and engaged to create their own representative voice.