Faculty unions have become increasingly common and are an important part of higher education throughout the United States. In the last ten years alone, faculty have successfully unionized at Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Michigan State University, Northern Illinois University, Temple University, and many others. And like faculty at UNM, other faculty at still more universities are currently in the midst of their own union organization efforts.
These successes are not inevitable. They have been won with the hard work and commitment of large numbers of faculty at each of these institutions. And many other faculty face the added obstacles of organizing at private institutions or at institutions in one of the 20+ states with laws prohibiting or otherwise inhibiting public employees from unionizing. However, this has not slowed efforts around the country, especially in states like New Mexico where unionization remains supported by law.