Robert Spahr, an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University Department of Cinema & Photography, writes,
I wanted to let you know that we are not only in the
middle of a labor strike, but most importantly, a public university has
shown by their actions, the dangers of Cloud Computing.
The University has disabled faculty email, and locked them out of their
personal work contained in Blackboard (a course
management system) as well as censoring pro-union comments from the
official University Facebook page.
Myself, and some fellow faculty and students quickly produced a blog
and Twitter feed to combat this censorship.
Turns out the uni isn't just nuking pro-union statements, but any questions about the labor dispute posted by its students and other stakeholders.
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Noncompete agreements have historically been the provision of highly-placed execs and critical “knowledge workers” (and even then, fast-growing economies like California have banned them in the interests of encouraging competition and growth) but now employers are routinely making the “agreements” a condition of unskilled waged labor, from making sandwiches to digging holes for $10/hour.
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