New organizing: GOP blames public sector union for rising college tuition

An article in the Sacramento Bee about pending legislation allowing research assistants to unionize in the California state system gives balance by allowing Republican to object to the bill (and unionization), which they said would further drive up rapidly rising college costs.

“Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a Republican from Twin Peaks, blamed most of the extra cost on benefits and pay for university employees who belong to public employee unions.”

This is an example of a “consumerist” frame where media often convey messaging associating unions with impacting citizens’ normal activities (particularly in strike situations) without examining actual impact on workers.

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