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Friday, September 11, 2009

Professors' hours

Here's a comment from a reader who noticed something about the striking professors from Oakland University, who this week settled with the school's administration:

"I thought that when an institution goes on strike that they would carry picket lines 24 hours," wondered one reader. "I pass OU at 4:30 a.m. and no one is picketing then. Go by at 8:30 a.m. and they are all out there then. Strange!"

I noticed that, too.

I drove past the university, generally on Walton Boulevard and sometimes on Adams Road, and I noticed that the professors were striking generally on their professor schedules.

There were only a few protesters, also, at each entrance — when they were there.

Now, I appreciate their position, having the president take a 40 percent pay raise -- on top of generally living for free with home and car expenses covered -- while tuition goes way up for students. Not  much leadership on top, when they can't refuse the raise and then take a symbolic pay cut to help push others to sacrifice as well. 

But the anger of the professors really diminished when they couldn't make it out to strike in the evening or during the weekend. At least they stuck with their cushy schedules, appearing completely oblivious to the anger from the general community directed toward them.


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