The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 19th, 2014
An official at the National Labor Relations Board has called for the
agency to toss out the results of an unsuccessful vote to unionize
adjunct instructors at Marist College after concluding that the election
had been tainted by the college’s interference and by ballots wrongly
cast by administrative employees.
Thomas A. Miller, a regional NLRB hearing officer, said in a report
released on Monday that illegal actions by the private college, in
Poughkeepsie, N.Y., justified disallowing the narrow vote against
unionization that had resulted. He said the college’s administration had
interfered in the process just before ballots were cast last June by
offering adjuncts pay raises, proposing the establishment of a faculty
committee on adjunct issues in lieu of a union, and enforcing a
faculty-email policy in an inconsistent manner to put the union
organizers at a disadvantage.