An Important Step in the Efforts to Organize Adjunct Faculty

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The following announcement has just been disseminated by the Department of Labor.

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NLRB Invites Briefs Regarding Religious University Jurisdiction and Faculty Member Status

February 10, 2014

The National Labor Relations Board is inviting briefs from interested parties on two questions: whether a religiously-affiliated university is subject to the Board’s jurisdiction, and whether certain university faculty members seeking to be represented by a union are employees covered by the National Labor Relations Act or excluded managerial employees. Click here to view the invitation for briefs.

The case is Pacific Lutheran University (19-RC-102521). At this Tacoma, Washington-based university, the Service Employees International Union, Local 925 filed a petition to represent a unit of all non-tenure-eligible contingent faculty who taught a certain number of hours. The university argues that the Board lacks jurisdiction because the university is a religiously-operated institution that is not subject to the Act, and that certain…

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