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The uniqueness of Historically Black Colleges and Universities make achieving collective bargaining on these campuses problematic. All but a handful of black colleges are located in the south, a region with a well-established aversion to organized labor. The South’s history of plantation slavery coupled with feudal peonage labor and Big Mule politics is antithetical with notions of fair wages, reasonable benefits and work hours, and safe working environments. Something similar can be argued about shared governance on the campuses of HBCUs where labor trends favoring union representation of staff trails the success achieved on many Historically White Colleges and Universities during the last two decades.

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