The Chronicle of Higher Education
January 15th, 2015
Weeks after the National Labor Relations Board handed contingent faculty members at Pacific Lutheran University a major victory
in their bid to unionize, organizers announced on Wednesday that they
had withdrawn their petition to the board to form a union. “This means
the current union election is over, and the challenged votes will not be
counted,” the organizers said in a statement emailed to reporters.
In a 3-to-2 decision in December, the NLRB rejected Pacific Lutheran’s argument
that, as a religious institution, it was exempt from the labor board’s
jurisdiction. The board also rejected the university’s argument that
certain full-time professors who were seeking to join the bargaining
unit qualified as managers and were not eligible for union
representation. That ruling allowed the board’s regional office in
Seattle to proceed with counting ballots that had been impounded since a
union election ended in October.