The How and Why of Faculty Unions

In US higher education, faculty unions are quickly on the rise. According to one recent report from the Washington Post, faculty at over 120 campus have formed union chapters since 2013, with more than half of those at private schools like Skidmore. But why do academics need a union? For more on that question and on the history of faculty organizing, check out this interview in the LA Review of Books with Robin Sowards, a former faculty member turned organizer. And let us know—why do you think faculty members need to organize?