In 1968 the union movement in higher education was launched on the CUNY campuses in New York when CUNY held the first academic labor union election on an “integrated, heterogeneous, multi-campus system” (Ladd and Lipset 1973). In the nearly five decades since that historic election, unionization has grown to cover more than a third of all public four-year institutions and 40 percent of faculty at those public institutions (see Figure 1). While unionization is more common at larger institutions, Figure 1 illustrates that even among the smallest public institutions, unionization has increased over time.
Cassell, Mark K.
"The Impact of Unionization on University Performance: A Cross-sectional Time Series Analysis,"
Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy:
Vol. 0, Article 4.
Available at: http://thekeep.eiu.edu/jcba/vol0/iss8/4