Articles by Kevin Mahoney

Today’s protest against University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) organized by the Pittsburgh-based coalition, Make It Our UPMC, is on-going as of this post. Here’s a version of today’s events as seen through the eyes of participants and their tweets:   [View the story "#UPMCWorkers & @MakeItOurUPMC" on Storify]

Later today, hundreds of community members will take to the streets to tell University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) officials that enough is enough. Enough of the poverty wages. Enough of the union-busting. Enough of the predatory insurance practices. Enough of the cut-throat corporate practices under the “non-profit” banner. Workers at UPMC are organizing a [...]

Keystone Progress, the Harrisburg, PA-based progressive organization, announced yesterday that it had filed a Right-to-Know request with Governor Tom Corbett’s office seeking information about interactions between Corbett and casino owner and right-wing political financier Sheldon Adelson. The request follows revelations last month that  Adelson made an illegal donation of $987,844 to a political action committee charged with [...]

While Pennsylvania’s corporate media has been all wrapped up in the micro-drama as to whether Gov. Tom Corbett will sign the budget passed by the General Assembly, little attention is being paid to what may be a preemptive strike against a Tom Wolf administration, should the Democrat win November’s gubernatorial election. And, the possibility of Wolf [...]

At a Kutztown University faculty union meeting late Thursday afternoon, local union president, Paul Quinn, shared a letter he sent to the university administration earlier in the day. Quinn was responding to revelations that administrators are projecting an enrollment drop between 2.5% and 4% next year. This news came as a surprise to local union [...]

On Dismantling PASSHE: Privateers On Stage

March 18, 2014 // 3 Comments

Last week the PASSHE secessionists rolled out their PR wagons and hit the trail. On Tuesday March 11, Senators Tomlinson (R) and Dinniman (D) unveiled Senate Bill 1275 branded as “Stronger Pennsylvania Public Universities” during a morning press conference. The accompanying social media branding campaign sought to reinforce and cement a narrative of crisis, downplay [...]

A new multi-year campaign was launched on Thursday promising to serve as a united front against the student debt crisis and the defunding of public higher education. The “Higher Ed Not Debt” campaign describes its purpose as: a multi-year year campaign of dozens of organizations dedicated to tackling the crippling and ever-growing issue of student loan [...]

If the fall 2013 semester saw the term “retrenchment” – the elimination of faculty, programs, and jobs – become part of daily conversations on campuses of Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities (PASSHE), during the next several months we may witness the birth of the next phase in the slow destruction of public higher education in the Commonwealth. [...]

Kutztown University administrators seem poised to get a jump start on cutting faculty, staff, and programs in the 2014-2015 academic year. This past Friday, department chairs received emails requesting they attend a meeting with the Provost, Carlos Vargas-Aburto, and several other high-ranking administrators to review each department’s “majors, enrollment in classes, retention, faculty workload, budgets” [...]

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