The Randolph-Macon College Department of History
will host The Collective Bargaining Vote and the Establishment of Shared Governance
at R-MC: a 40-Year Retrospective. This symposium, which is free and open to
the public, will take place September 18, 2013 from
7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Washington Room of Washington-Franklin
Hall (102 College Avenue).
On September 27, 1973, the faculty at Randolph-Macon College held a vote, supervised
by the federal government’s National Labor Relations Board, on whether or not to
enter into a collective bargaining arrangement with the college—in essence, a vote
to unionize. This remains the only time a faculty at any college or university in
Virginia has held a collective bargaining vote. Worsening faculty-administration
relations, engendered by low salaries and frustration at the lack of faculty input
into the running of the college (particularly curricular matters), are what led
to the unprecedented vote. The vote failed, but as a result, the board of trustees
and the president instituted a system of shared faculty-administration governance
that lasts to this day.
At the symposium, Professors Emeriti James Scanlon (history) and William Noë (German) will join, via digital video, former
Randolph-Macon History Professor Gerie Bledsoe, in sharing their thoughts and recollections
of the events of September 27, 1973. Refreshments will be served after the symposium.
For disabled access to the building, or for more information about this event,
please contact History Professor Michael Fischbach at (804) 752-7234.