Wednesday, June 10, 2015

NLRB Official Says Duquesne U. Adjuncts Can Unionize

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.

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