At my unionized university, we had our annual fall faculty meeting. The higher-ups told us that enrollment is falling, state financial support is declining, federal grants are decreasing, the university is in debt, there are fewer kids graduating from high school in our state so enrollment will continue to decline, and tuition rates went up yet again. Then, a union rep got up and talked about the tough times as well. Then he added, "Still, we got faculty a salary increase last year!" Half of the audience cheered wildly, apparently not hearing a single thing other speakers had just said. If anything, we should have been taking pay cuts to help the university survive. If we were a "real" business, we'd be out of business.