Home | IL Academe | About IL AAUP | Conference Corner | Calendar | Services | Committees | Contact Us | Grants | Reports | Links

  Republicans Use FOIA to Target Labor Professors

The Republican Party of Wisconsin filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request against University of Wisconsin professor William Cronon, seeking all of the emails he wrote and received about the labor dispute in Wisconsin. The AAUP has urged the university not to comply with the request. Cronon wrote a widely-read New York Times op-ed criticizing the Republican governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker. The Mackinac Center For Public Policy submitted FOIA requests to the Labor Studies Center at the University of Michigan, the Douglas A. Fraser Center for Workplace Issues at Wayne State University, and Michigan State University, seeking all emails from labor studies faculty that mention Scott Walker, Wisconsin, Madison, Rachel Maddow, or the collective bargaining situation in Wisconsin. In light of these attacks on pro-labor professors, all faculty may be wise to use a private email address for all their work in order to prevent FOIA requests or administrative spying.