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.