NLRB to Duquesne University: Recognize Your Adjunct Faculty Union

By Bill Schackner

The United Steelworkers on Tuesday implored Duquesne University to stop resisting its now-organized adjunct faculty, buoyed by the latest National Labor Relations Board ruling that campus officials must recognize those members’ collective bargaining rights.

The union called it sad that almost five years have passed since those part-time instructors voted in 2012 to form a union.

“Duquesne needs to stop its legal maneuvering, acknowledge the results of the election and negotiate with its adjunct faculty for a fair contract,” said USW International president Leo Gerard.

But Duquesne president Ken Gormley made it clear that the prolonged fight that has attracted national attention is not likely to end any time soon if the federal labor board continues to assert it has jurisdiction over the Catholic university.

Monday’s NLRB ruling in Washington, D.C., did that, largely upholding an earlier decision by the Pittsburgh regional office, though this latest decision removes theology faculty from the bargaining unit.

Mr. Gormley said the school intends to challenge the ruling in court, meaning it first must give formal notice that it is refusing to bargain with the union. The unfair labor practice charges that result will have to be resolved before the court

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