Adjunct Win at Religious College

June 12, 2013 By Colleen Flaherty

Adjuncts at Pacific Lutheran University in Washington have the right to vote on whether to unionize, a regional National Labor Relations Board officer has ruled.

The victory is significant because legal precedents prohibit tenure-track faculty at most private institutions from unionizing, and the issue of adjunct unions — accepted at non-religious private institutions — has become controversial at some religious colleges. Adjuncts seeking better wages and working conditions at several Roman Catholic colleges have won NLRB backing to unionize, although the institutions are challenging those rulings. Some other Catholic institutions — including Georgetown University — have not sought to block collective bargaining. Read more

4 Ideas Labor Unions Should Consider If They Want To Survive

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A mural depicting scenes from Maine‘s labor history returned to public display in Jan. 2013, 22 months after Gov. Paul LePage set off a political firestorm and spawned a federal lawsuit by ordering it removed. (Clarke Canfield/AP)

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last month that union membership fell significantly in 2012, to its lowest level since 1916. You can read the full report here. Read more