In one of the more significant cases, Manhattan College v. Manhattan College Adjunct Faculty Union, New York State United Teachers, AFT/NEA/AFL-CIO, the NRLB Region 2 Director found that Manhattan College was not a church-operated institution, generally speaking, for the reason that it was not Catholic enough. A similar ruling was issued in the Xavier University (Chicago) case.
In yet another attempt to unionize, this time under the aegis of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Seattle Times reports that adjunct faculty at Seattle University announced victory in their elections which closed on June 2, 2014. However, the school's administrators immediately appealed the vote on the grounds that the institution is Roman Catholic and outside NLRB's oversight. The NRLB has impounded the votes.
As the number of these regional cases being appealed mounts and the NLRB upholds the finding that these institutions are not sufficiently religious to warrant exemption from NLRB oversight, the appeals process, quite likely, will end up before the U.S. Supreme Court. That case and a Supreme Court decision supporting the NLRB would affirm what many have known for the past several decades: U.S. Catholic institution of higher education are, for all practical purposes, secular institutions that promote a quasi-religious affiliation and, in recent decades, have not been sufficiently educating students about or in it to warrant an exemption from NLRB oversight.
If that ruling should come, it would certainly put administrators at those institutions--their boards of trustees and administrators--"on notice" that they have failed in their fiduciary responsibility by allowing their institutions' secular purpose to trump their religious purpose.
Stay tuned, as The Motley Monk believes there's much more to come concerning this story.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the Seattle Times report, click on the folowing link:
To read the NLRB decision in the Manhattan College case, click on the following link:
To read the NLRB decision in the St. Xavier University (Chicago) case, click on the following link: