PITTSBURGH–(ENEWSPF)–June 15, 2012. The United Steelworkers (USW) and the Adjuncts Association are shocked by Duquesne University’s move to withdraw from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election they agreed to only one month ago.
The university’s Vice President for Management and Business, Stephen Schillo, told the Adjuncts Association that Duquesne preferred to go forward with an NLRB election when the instructors requested voluntary recognition of the union. Now, the university, which already has collective bargaining agreements with four unions (according to Schillo) is claiming to be outside of NLRB jurisdiction because of their affiliation with the Roman Catholic Church.
“We believe that Duquesne has not and cannot show changed circumstances to justify withdrawing from the petition,” says USW Senior Associate General Counsel Dan Kovalik, “if they weren’t too religious to sign the an NLRB agreement for an election a few short weeks ago, and to negotiate with other unions, then they aren’t too religious now.”
Duquesne’s underhanded move resembles union busting tactics meant to intimidate and deny rights to workers all across the country. The Adjuncts Association is seeking to improve the university by improving working conditions so they can better serve students. These highly educated professionals deserve job security, health care and fair wages.