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NLRB Declines Jurisdiction Over Faculty at Religious Colleges

June 10, 2020, 9:59 PM

The federal labor board ruled that it doesn’t have jurisdiction over faculty at nonprofit religious institutions of higher education.

The National Labor Relations Board’s decision Wednesday came in a case involving Bethany College, a Lutheran school in Lindsborg, Kan., and means that faculty at other similar colleges and universities will no longer be able to unionize. The decision also reinstates a more stringent test for deciding whether certain faculty members can unionize.

The board said it will overrule a 2014 legal precedent from a case known as Pacific Lutheran, in favor of a different standard from 2002. That standard, ...