Lose-Lose Situation

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the hoyaA popular and respected adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University resigned in the midst of a semester after the greedy union refused to grant the professor an exemption from having to pay fees to the union. SEIU harassed the professor during its unionization effort so the professor wanted nothing to do with the union. Students were disappointed with the loss of their professor who had enjoyed teaching the class.

Adjunct computer science professor Matthew Devost resigned from his position Feb. 8 after refusing to pay agency fees to the Service Employees International Union Local 500, the union that represents the university’s adjunct faculty.

Devost’s resignation ended his “Information Warfare” class three weeks into the spring semester…

Devost, who also serves as CEO of a private technology company, served as an adjunct professor for 13 years…

“I was stalked by union representatives after class Monday evening, and expressed I wasn’t interested in chatting, not that I was anti-union. They started to walk with me to my car saying they were going in the same direction,” Devost said. “They would make statements like ‘You must not be a good person if you are not interested in the plight of your fellow adjuncts,’ and at that point, in my mind, I said this was an organization I was never going to participate in.”

In December 2015, Devost received mail from the SEIU Local 500 incorrectly stating that he was an employee at GWU [George Washington University]. The forms also stated he was out of compliance with the union’s collective bargaining agreement, since he had not paid his agency fees…

“Would I come back if I could teach without participating in the union or having the forced agency issue? Absolutely,” Devost said. “I loved teaching…”

During his time at Georgetown, Devost … was renowned in the security field as an expert and entrepreneur…

Following Devost’s announcement, students from the class expressed frustration over the unexpected circumstances. Some students said they had been waiting at least two years to take Devost’s course…

“This seems like a lose-lose situation,” [student Ashton] Garriott said. “It’s a loss for the professor, it’s a loss for the students, and for the academic community as a whole at Georgetown to be losing such a figure is quite sad.”

 

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