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Labor strike reveals abnormal wages

The Histadrut, which supports wage-hike demands by assistant professors, published two interesting figures.

First, assistants conduct more than half of all lectures. That makes one wonder what the ‘normal’ teachers do, and how that kind of teaching reflects on the pitiful quality of education. Also, why are the assistants not made into tenured teachers if they are doing so much work? The answer, of course, is that the Histadrut shields its existing members, professors, from competition.

Second, professors get about $150 an hour, which sounds grossly unreasonable given the level of wages in Israel.

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