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NLRB Seeks Guidance on Adjuncts at Religious Colleges and the Relevance of ‘Yeshiva’ Decision

The National Labor Relations Board on Monday posed a series of questions that could lead to rulings on whether adjuncts have the right to unionize at religious colleges, and whether a 1980 Supreme Court ruling should continue to effectively bar tenure-track faculty members from unionizing at private institutions.

The requests for briefs came in a dispute involving an attempt by adjuncts to unionize at Pacific Lutheran University, but the issues raised by the NLRB questions could lead to decisions with widespread impact. Several religious colleges are currently trying to block adjunct unions, saying that collective bargaining could intrude on the First Amendment rights to freedom of religion.