The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 21st, 2015
More than a decade after its faculty voted to unionize, Point Park University has dropped its opposition to the effort, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The college had previously argued that full-time faculty members had
enough say in governance to disqualify them from unionizing, under the
landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling National Labor Relations Board v. Yeshiva University.
The college’s president, Paul Hennigan, said on Monday that his
administration had “no interest in having a fight with our full-time
faculty” and would begin collective bargaining with the Newspaper Guild
of Pittsburgh/Communications Workers of America.
The announcement came after the National Labor Relations Board in December handed down a decision
that, by casting doubt on the managerial role of full-time faculty
members at private colleges, made it easier for them to unionize. In
light of that ruling, the board in February ordered a regional official to reconsider the Point Park case.