The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 15th, 2015
Being represented by a union appears to pay big financial dividends
for full-time instructors at community colleges, a new study concludes.
Depending on the size, location, and public-financing sources of
their institution, unionized full-time instructors earn from about 5 to
50 percent more in pay and benefits than do their nonunionized peers at
similar community colleges, says a paper summarizing the study’s
"The differences are stunning," says Stephen G. Katsinas, a professor
of higher education at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa who is
one of the study’s three co-authors.
Among the forces influencing how much community colleges pay their
instructors, "collective bargaining, in itself, matters," says Mr.
Katsinas, who plans to present the study’s findings in New York on
Sunday, at an annual conference held by the National Center for the
Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions.