The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 8th, 2015
A regional official of the National Labor Relations Board ruled last
week that adjunct faculty members at Duquesne University who have been
seeking to form a union affiliated with the United Steelworkers may do
so, after rejecting the university’s request for an exemption from the
board’s jurisdiction on religious grounds.
Nancy Wilson, the NLRB’s regional director for the Pittsburgh area, issued an order
stating that the Roman Catholic university had failed to demonstrate
that its adjuncts performed a specific role in maintaining a religious
educational environment, as required by a new standard set last year in a case involving Pacific Lutheran University. Adjunct instructors at Duquesne initially voted in 2012 to unionize.