Tuesday, July 21, 2015

After Years of Fighting, Point Park U. Will Let Professors Unionize

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.

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