Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Webster University adjuncts lose their union bid

St. Louis Public Radio
May 12th, 2015


Adjunct instructors at Webster University have lost their bid to join a union. However, both the adjuncts and university officials who campaigned against the union say they will keep discussing the issues that prompted the effort.
The National Labor Relations Board said late Monday that 268 adjuncts voted against the union, with 212 voting in favor, 53 ballots were challenged and nine voided. Because the challenged ballots wouldn’t make a difference in the final tally, the union bid was defeated.
In another election for a smaller unit of part-time instructors, with only five people eligible, one vote was cast for the union and the other four were challenged, so the outcome of that balloting remains undetermined.
The results came after a spirited campaign in which the adjuncts said they wanted higher pay and more say over their working conditions. But university officials said joining the Service Employees International Union was not the best way to achieve those goals.

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