Thursday, January 15, 2015

Organizers End Fight Over Vote to Unionize Adjuncts at Pacific Lutheran U.

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Pacific Lutheran University a major victory in their bid to unionize, organizers announced on Wednesday that they had withdrawn their petition to the board to form a union.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.

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