Monday, January 5, 2015

Labor Ruling Could Allow More Faculty to Unionize

New York Times
December 22nd, 2014

The National Labor Relations Board has issued a broad ruling that could open the way for more faculty members to join unions at private colleges and universities, a decision that could potentially bolster organized labor on campuses at a time when unions are pushing to represent the growing number of adjunct professors.
The ruling, in a case involving a union drive by contingent faculty at Pacific Lutheran University, sets out frameworks for deciding which faculty members are managerial and not eligible for a union, and which religious institutions and faculty are exempt from the labor board oversight.
In both areas, the labor board substantially expanded the group covered by labor laws and eligible to join unions.

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