Tuesday, April 28, 2015

House Panel Removes Faculty Union-Busting Language

April 25th, 2015

On Tuesday, the House Finance Committee removed union-busting language from HB 64, the budget bill under heavy criticism by Ohio faculty.
How this language, straight out of 2011’s Senate Bill 5, got into the budget bill is something of a mystery. No one is claiming credit for it. In fact, everyone seems to be running from it. The Inter-University Council (the council of four-year college and university presidents) denies any involvement. Several university presidents have denied any involvement.
The language comes from a Supreme Court decision in 1980, NLRB v. Yeshiva University, which found that faculty at private universities who engaged in service on committees (like curriculum, hiring, or planning) were management employees and thus ineligible for union membership. While that ruling has crippled unionization at private colleges and universities, it has never been applied to public employees at state college and universities.

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