The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 26th, 2015
A regional official of the National Labor Relations Board has ordered
the tallying of ballots in a union election for Manhattan College’s
part-time faculty members. She based her decision on a finding that such
instructors do not contribute to the religious environment of the Roman
Catholic college enough to be excluded from the board’s jurisdiction
for First Amendment reasons.
Karen P. Fernbach, director of the NLRB’s regional office in New York, said in the decision
on Wednesday that she had found no evidence that such instructors are
expected to advance the college’s religious mission “other than to
respect and support it.” As a result, she said, the federal board can
assert jurisdiction over the union election there without treading on
the college’s religious freedom under the First Amendment.