The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 18th, 2015
The National Labor Relations Board has upheld
a unionization vote by adjunct instructors at a California college
after determining that the election had not been tainted by a
supervisor’s support for their organization.
The administration of Laguna College of Art and Design had asked the
NLRB to invalidate the election as improperly influenced by the
pro-union activities of James Galindo, a part-time instructor who also
served in a supervisory role, as coordinator of an art program for
freshmen. The private college’s lawyers argued that Mr. Galindo never
should have been allowed to vote on unionization and that his
involvement in the election, conducted last year, had had a coercive
effect because he handles some hiring and other personnel decisions.