UNH lunacy: Who runs the asylum?
July 02. 2011 10:09PM
Here is an idea for the University of New Hampshire, where a faculty labor union has successfully protected the job of a convicted male flasher and where the administration seems more concerned with its public relations image than with the professor's dirty deed:
Perhaps the professor (of German) who flashed a New Hampshire woman and her teenaged daughter could begin team-teaching with the ex-congressman from New York who sends pictures of himself flashing. UNH could market it as Weiner Schnitzel.
Chief among the culprits in this lunacy is the faculty union, which is all about protecting its power and process, the integrity of a once-proud profession be damned. One commenter on UnionLeader.com wrote that this would be a good time for the House to vote on that right-to-work bill that Gov. John Lynch vetoed.
The bill would prevent coercive union membership. Of course, Gov. Lynch is a former chairman of the University System board of trustees and thus has his own responsibility for fostering a union environment that is protecting the flashing professor.
What would have happened to right-to-work and other bills in Concord had UNH informed the public back in April that an arbitrator had sided with the faculty union and ordered the professor's reinstatement?
UNH would like the public to believe that it is as upset as anyone over the arbitrator's decision, yet it never said a word about it at the time it was released. Could that have had something to do with the fact that the state budget, which was already aimed at cutting UNH funding, was in play?
Only last week, when this newspaper reported that a professor's flashing in a public parking lot to a mother and daughter was ruled not to be a firing offense, did UNH and the union begin making noises about how perhaps the reinstated flasher may not be allowed exposure to student classrooms.
Perhaps, both sides said, Prof. Edward Larkin may end up doing lab work for his $88,000 yearly salary. Oh, goody.
The University System trustees need to direct UNH to take a firm stand with this faculty union. Gov. Lynch ought to demand it, and he ought to support, not block, legislation that would help bring public employee unions under control.