Thursday, February 26, 2015

NLRB Orders Review of Faculty-Unionization Case at Point Park U.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 26th, 2015



The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday ordered a regional official to reconsider a case focused on whether faculty members at a private college in Pittsburgh have too much say in managing their institution to be allowed to unionize.
The case, involving Point Park University, is the sixth that the federal agency has ordered regional officials to reconsider in light of its December ruling in a case involving Pacific Lutheran University. In contrast to the other five cases, however, the Point Park dispute does not involve a religious college arguing that its First Amendment religious freedom would be infringed by NLRB oversight stemming from unionization. Instead, it involves a secular private college and an issue that arose in only some of the religious-college cases: whether the faculty members who seek to unionize should be considered managers and therefore precluded from doing so.

The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday ordered a regional official to reconsider a case focused on whether faculty members at a private college in Pittsburgh have too much say in managing their institution to be allowed to unionize.
The case, involving Point Park University, is the sixth that the federal agency has ordered regional officials to reconsider in light of its December ruling in a case involving Pacific Lutheran University. In contrast to the other five cases, however, the Point Park dispute does not involve a religious college arguing that its First Amendment religious freedom would be infringed by NLRB oversight stemming from unionization. Instead, it involves a secular private college and an issue that arose in only some of the religious-college cases: whether the faculty members who seek to unionize should be considered managers and therefore precluded from doing so.
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