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Abstract

For the almost forty years since their emergence, California’s public higher education unions have primarily engaged

with management over their members’ share of the state’s resources. The core goal was to obtain a bigger share of a

growing budget pie, with some contractual protections against arbitrary management actions, so members could enjoy

the share their union had won them. As long as this goal could be realized, the majority of California higher education

unions rarely ventured beyond traditional contract bargaining, hardly advocating any vision of the larger purposes and

priorities of public higher education.

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