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Court Tweaks Rules on When College Professors Can Unionize (2)

March 12, 2019, 4:46 PMUpdated: March 12, 2019, 8:29 PM

A federal appeals court March 12 upheld a National Labor Relations Board test for deciding when a particular group of college professors can join a union, but it warned that the board misapplies the test when it focuses too closely on the numerical makeup of university governing committees.

The court’s decision means a more lenient test for deciding whether a particular faculty subgroup—such as adjunct professors—can unionize will largely remain in place, for now. The test was enacted in 2014 by a Democratic majority of the five-member board in a case called Pacific Lutheran.

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