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NLRB Affirms Jurisdiction Over Adjuncts at Catholic Duquesne

April 11, 2017, 7:09 PM

Adjunct faculty members at Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit were entitled to vote on representation by the United Steelworkers, a divided National Labor Relations Board held April 10 (Duquesne Univ., 2017 BL 116680, N.L.R.B., No. 06-RC-080933, 4/10/17).

Asserting jurisdiction over the Duquesne dispute does not run afoul of the First Amendment, the board said in a brief unpublished decision that echoed recent rulings against other Catholic universities.

The board’s action moved the Duquesne dispute forward, but it is far from over.

Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard called for Duquesne to act quickly after the NLRB ruling. ...