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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

Catholics must take a stand in support of Walmart employees

Catholics must take a stand in support of Walmart employees

Guest blog

It would be hard to compete with Pharaoh in the realm of obduracy, but Walmart is giving the old man a run for his money. Like the Israelite brick makers of Exodus Chapters 5-11 Walmart workers, organized as OUR Walmart, are asking for respect—specifically, increasing the flexibility of working hours, moving up to full-time work when possible, and increasing pay to a minimum of $25,000 annually.

In addition they are calling for an end to retaliation against associates involved in OUR Walmart and its mini-strikes, like last year’s Black Friday. More than 100 alleged Walmart retaliation cases are pending at the National Labor Relations Board.

Since Memorial Day, hundreds of courageous Walmart associates have walked off the job and are now caravanning together to bring their concerns to Walmart’s June 7 shareholder meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas. They will demand an end to retaliation against associates who organize and hope to begin a dialogue on scheduling and wages at a time when Walmart CEO Mike Duke makes $20.7 million per year—more than 1,000 times the wages of the average Walmart associate. Read more

Legislative Leaders Put Heat on For-Profit Hospitals

Legislative Leaders Put Heat on For-Profit Hospitals

Sweeney attacks Salem hospital for stonewalling union, Weinberg demands financial transparency

 
By Andrew Kitchenman, May 8, 2013 in Healthcare |
 
Stephen M. Sweeney, president of the New Jersey Senate
Stephen M. Sweeney, president of the New Jersey Senate

As more hospitals switch to for-profit status, state lawmakers are demanding more financial openness and more open-mindedness in dealing with labor unions.

Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (D-Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem) joined nurses’ union leaders in Salem yesterday in calling on the for-profit owner of Memorial Hospital of Salem County to negotiate with the union.

“A big concern about what is going on in this state and this nation right now is the for-profit hospitals,” Sweeney said. “No one’s against for-profit (status), people making money and things working. We are against sacrificing healthcare and that care is being driven by the bottom line, rather than what’s best for the patient.” Read more

Queen of the Valley nurses await certification of union vote

Queen of the Valley nurses await certification of union vote

Nearly 500 RNs will be part of California Nurses Assocation

 May 01, 2013 12:12 pm  •  ISABELLE DILLS

Registered nurses at Queen of the Valley Medical Center voted by 64 percent Tuesday night to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United.

The RNs, who voiced a variety of concerns from safe staffing to unit closures, voted 248 to 140 to join CNA in a secret ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board, according to CNA. Nearly 500 RNs at Queen of the Valley will now be represented by CNA.

CNA’s executive director, RoseAnn DeMoro, said she was not surprised by Tuesday night’s results. Many RNs at Queen of the Valley have had their “hearts set” on unionizing, but each year they were convinced by their employer that things would get better, DeMoro said.

“I’m very happy and proud of those nurses,” she said. Read more

72 Percent in Support of Forming a Union!

SEIU Local 500 - Raising the standard of living for Maryland and Washington, DC workers and their families

Posted by christopherhoney on May 3, 2013

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On Friday, May 3, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) counted the votes for the Georgetown University Adjunct Faculty Union election.

The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the union, with 72% of the vote in support of forming a union.

“Universities across the country have been relying more and more on adjunct faculty over the last forty years,” said Kurt Brandhorst, an adjunct in the Georgetown philosophy department. “But the way adjuncts are viewed and treated has not changed to reflect this reality. This victory will help improve conditions at Georgetown, but because we are joining adjuncts at other institutions across the region, the implications go far beyond Georgetown.” Read more

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Georgetown adjunct professors vote to unionize

Posted by: Julia Tanaka in News, Vox Populi, tags: , ,

This past weekend, Georgetown’s adjunct professors voted in favor of forming a union with the local branch of Service Employees International Union, SEIU Local 500.

The election was conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. 311 of the 650 eligible voting members participated in the election, and 72 percent voted in favor of forming a collective bargaining unit. Georgetown joins American University and George Washington as part of a larger SEIU initiative to unionize the part-time professors in the District. Read more