PITTSBURGH, April 11, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington, D.C., has rejected Duquesne University's argument that it should be exempt from NLRB jurisdiction as a religious institution.
In 2012, NLRB Region 6 ordered the university to recognize the union after members of the part-time faculty voted in favor of USW representation. When the regional director rejected Duquesne's argument for religious exemption, the university appealed its decision to the NLRB's national office.
"Duquesne needs to stop its legal maneuvering, acknowledge the results of the election and negotiate with its adjunct faculty for a fair contract," said USW International President Leo W. Gerard.
Gerard said that the university's continued resistance to obey federal labor laws threatens to divide the campus and distract from the positive impact Duquesne has had in the community.
"The university's endless posturing and legal challenges to avoid bargaining in good faith are a disservice to its professional, part-time instructors and students alike," Gerard said.
The NLRB decision, issued Monday, April 10, 2017, specified that faculty in the Department of Theology should be exempt from the Region 6 order because the classes are specifically presented as having religious content.
Predictably, Duquesne President Ken Gormley has threatened to appeal the NLRB's decision, indicating that the university is intransigent enough to take its case to the Supreme Court, if necessary.
The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in manufacturing, metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.
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SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)