This is a very big deal here. There has been much discussion of it on PBS and FB and most of it is very supportive.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (PAI)—Overcoming entrenched opposition by university bosses—including their importation of one of the nation’s most-notorious union-busters—faculty at the University of New Mexico’s five campuses voted overwhelmingly to unionize with the Teachers (AFT) and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Going 20 years without a pay raise was a major issue that helped send professors to unions.

The votes continued a trend at public universities nationwide, which have seen their full-time and adjunct faculty turn to unionization to gain better working conditions, job security and—for the adjuncts—decent pay.

At the same time, teaching assistants and research assistants at both public and private universities, who are low-paid, non-tenured, overworked, and exploited, turned to the Teachers, the Teamsters, and the Auto Workers, among others, for protection and a say on the job.