We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Tenure in higher ed is gradually being squeezed out by academic administrative greed. Ironically, however lefty academia is, money is their motivation. Like any other business, they want the best product at the lowest cost. Non-for-profit is no different from business, since administrators took over the thing.
Tenure, I suppose, used to be a substitute for high salary, but that no longer applies. Guaranteed job plus high salary plus great benefits no longer exists in the real world. Outside government jobs, that is. Why is that?
Unions can't always get raises for you, but they have to get you a new little something every year to justify their own salaries. It doesn't have to be very big, but the ratchet only goes in one direction. The tradeoff for civil services was always thought to be Benefits for Salary. That gradually disappeared, so that even in places like Northern New England, where government salaries used to be low, they have crept up.
I still never made much, but I could carry over vacation and sick time year over year, which most people can't. Excellent health insurance. It adds up. It's changing. The salaries are a little higher and the benefits are being cut back now.
Assistant Village Idiot
Government unions can donate to the same politicians who approve their improved salaries and working conditions.
"I could carry over vacation and sick time year over year,".
Unfortunately for my DH his seven years of unused vacation pay was "eliminated" when the failing university wiped all reserve benefits off the books. This ever so liberal and honorable college never told the faculty they were going to do this. DH had worked through and set aside. We were so naive in 1987 when he took a position at a school that did not offer tenure. "Build your program and make it grow and you will be rewarded". Yeah sure you betcha! He built the program into one that was listed in the top 10 of US News and World Report and guess what happened. The chancellor took it over for his wife to run. So much for honor among that tribe!