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In Texas, where collective bargaining also is banned, union density and power varies from campus to campus, and depends on how established the union is, said Mary Aldridge Dean, executive director of the higher education branch of the Texas State Teachers Association, affiliated with the National Education Association.

“Up front, it takes some time, but it seems that at some point, when the membership is large enough at a given campus, the administration starts to take notice,” she said. For both tenure-track faculty and adjuncts, who usually are incorporated into general faculty unions in the state, campus grievance policies also can be helpful in getting concerns aired, as well as partnering with faculty committees. Adjuncts at more isolated campuses, where there is a smaller pool of Ph.D.s from which institutions may draw, tend to have more success, Dean added.

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