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Come Together, Right Now/Over Me, Over You, Over Us

  • Georgette Fleischer (a1)
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In the wake of a U.S. presidential election that will send Donald J. Trump, besmircher of the New York skyline and riverfront, to Washington D.C., I hope I can be forgiven for waxing nostalgic over a different “flat top” with “joo joo eyeballs”—one who, unlike the current orangey combed-over bogey, imagined himself in a funky self-parody “grooving up slowly.” In a 1972 New York performance of the song recorded a day after the first moonwalk in July 1969, John Lennon flirted with his audience and quite possibly his wife: “Come Together, Right Now/ Over Me, Over You, Over There” as he turned and the camera cut to Yoko Ono on keyboard. How about Over Us?

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1. “John Lennon—Come Together. Live Performance of John Lennon.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSM5MpKSnqE (accessed November 20, 2016)

2. One source estimates that it was between 1995, when I was in my first to second year of an M.A./Ph.D. program at Columbia, and 2007, five years after I finished, that “contingent faculty came to outnumber tenured faculty.” Michael Klein, Declaring an End to “Financial Exigency”?: Changes in Higher Education Law, Labor, and Finance, 1971–2011, 272. Quoted in Pacific Lutheran University, Employer and Service Employees International Union, Local 925, Petitioner, Case 19-RC-102521, 2013 NLRB LEXIS 635 (2013), 20, fn. 43.

3. E-mail to “Dear BCF-UAW Organizing Committee,” June 18, 2015.

4. Petition filed with the NLRB, June 23, 2015.

5. Madison Iszler, “DEFEATED: Union organizers lose bid to represent women's college professors against their will,” The College Fix, August 6, 2015: http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/23672/ (accessed January 19, 2017).

6. See Logan, John, “The Union Avoidance Industry in the United States”, British Journal of Industrial Relations 44 (2006): 651–75. Logan describes Jackson Lewis as Exhibit A for union-avoidance law firms. Operating since the 1970s, and by 2006 having “23 offices throughout the country” (659), Jackson Lewis has published newsletters, papers, and a handbook in its fourth edition, Winning NLRB Elections. Jackson Lewis runs union-avoidance seminars and its “militant anti-union rhetoric” casts union organizers as “a ‘contagious disease’” (659).

7. See the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), “Academic Freedom and Tenure: Bennington College,” ACADEME 81 (1995): 91103 .

8. Ibid., 91–92.

9. Ibid., 95–96.

10. Marie Monaco, telephone interview with the author, November 13, 2016.

12. Colleen Flaherty, “Shedding Faculty at Saint Rose,” Inside Higher Ed, May 4, 2016: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/05/04/aaup-report-condemns-college-saint-rose-cutting-more-20-tenure-line-faculty (accessed January 19, 2017).

13. Malini Cadambi Daniel, telephone interview with the author, November 23, 2016.

14. Colleen Flaherty, “Cuts Questioned at Notre Dame de Namur,” Inside Higher Ed, August 26, 2016: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/08/26/notre-dame-de-namur-professors-protest-academic-cuts-flowing-program-prioritization (accessed January 19, 2017).

15. Emma Goss, “Barnard faculty frustrated by plans to remove 40,000 books from library,” Columbia Daily Spectator, December 8, 2014: http://spc.columbiaspectator.com/news/2014/12/08/barnard-faculty-frustrated-plans-remove-40000-books-library (accessed January 19, 2017).

16. Emma Goss and J. Clara Chan, “After faculty backlash, Barnard changes course for Teaching and Learning Center,” Columbia Daily Spectator, February 3, 2015: http://features.columbiaspectator.com/news/2015/02/03/barnard-changes-library-plan (accessed January 19, 2017).

17. See Colleen Flaherty, “Failing the Test for Faculty Unions,” Inside Higher Ed, January 21, 2016: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/01/21/proposed-faculty-union-carroll-college-first-be-rejected-under-new-guidelines (accessed January 19, 2017); Colleen Flaherty, “NLRB Rejects Tufts Medical Faculty Union Bid,” Inside Higher Ed, April 6, 2016: https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2016/04/06/nlrb-rejects-tufts-medical-faculty-union-bid (accessed January 19, 2017); Colleen Flaherty, “NLRB Rejects Full-Time Faculty Union Bid at Marywood U,” Inside Higher Ed, May 13, 2016: https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2016/05/13/nlrb-rejects-full-time-faculty-union-bid-marywood-u (accessed January 19, 2017).

18. Luke Elliott-Negri, telephone interview with the author, November 18, 2016.

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