When Unfair Labor Relations Reify, It’s Time to Strike | LAWCHA

What an irony it is that institutions of higher learning have become some of the …

Source: When Unfair Labor Relations Reify, It’s Time to Strike | LAWCHA

Under a Republican, Nixon-appointee dominated Supreme Court, NLRB v. Yeshiva University, 444 U.S. 672 (1980) erected a high hurdle by claiming that faculty at private institutions were ineligible for collective bargaining because of their managerial functions, interpreted broadly. Under President Barack Obama, the National Labor Relations Board no less than the Supreme Court has become more progressive and labor-friendly. By narrowing substantially the managerial carve-out, Pacific Lutheran Univ. & SEIU, Local 925, 361 N.L.R.B. No. 157 (Dec. 16, 2014) paved the way for organizing faculty, including tenured faculty, at private colleges and universities. But even before that, adjunct faculty at private institutions had begun organizing. In 2002, almost 2700 adjunct faculty at New York University (NYU) organized as UAW Local 7902,Adjuncts Come Together (ACT). Shortly thereafter, in 2003, part-time faculty at the New School for Social Research joined Local 7902. Since then, tens of thousands of contingent faculty around the country have been organizing,


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