Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012 2:28 pm | Updated: 3:01 pm, Fri Sep 21, 2012.
Ballots counted at the National Labor Relations Board office in Pittsburgh show part-time faculty have approved forming a bargaining unit at Duquesne University.
The vote by adjunct professors was held by mail and ended in July. But the ballots were impounded while the private, Catholic school appealed, claiming it should be given a religious exemption from an earlier agreement with the United Steelworkers union to allow the election.
The NLRB rejected that appeal last week the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ( http://bit.ly/S9KVsm) reports that a preliminary ballot count was 50-9 in favor of the union. Eighty-eight part-time professors were eligible to vote.
Duquesne officials have said they’d appeal if the adjuncts vote to unionize.