One of the great powers of a union is its ability to uplift the
living conditions and status of its members, not just at the
bargaining table, but within the structure of the union itself —
when the seemingly most marginalized members assume leadership
In local unions representing all faculty, there has been a recent
trend of the membership electing a part-time faculty member to
lead the union, with significant support from the full-timers.
There is perhaps no better example of this, though he might be
reluctant himself to say so, than Keith Ford.