April 2015 Issue
March 20, 2015

News and Views: Ruling makes it easier for faculty to unionize

A recent National Labor Relations Board ruling strengthens labor's position in organizing faculty at pri­vate and religious colleges. In its 3-2 ruling involving contingent fac­ulty at Pacific Lutheran University in Washington state, the NLRB in December set new criteria for deal­ing with two old questions: Are fac­ulty too involved in management to be eligible to organize?

And, does the NLRB have jurisdiction over reli­gious colleges?

The NLRB decision effectively chipped away at the landmark 1980 U.S. Supreme Court decision, National Labor Relations Board v. Yeshiva University, which prohibited full-time faculty at private colleges from organizing.

The NLRB also determined that Pacific Lutheran faculty are not in­volved in religious indoctrination, despite the university's self-charac­terization as a religious institution. The ruling is expected to be challenged in federal courts.

—Karen Mattison

Nominate a peacemaker

Peace First, a national nonprofit organization that exists to create the next generation of peacemakers, is seeking nominees for its third an­nual Peace First Prize. The organiza­tion is supported by several nonprofit partners, including the American Federation of Teachers.

The prize will recognize five young people between the ages of 8-22 for their compassion, courage and abil­ity to create collaborative change. Winners receive a two-year, $25,000 Peace First Fellowship. The deadline for nominations and applications is Monday, March 30.

Visit http://peacefirst.org/ prize/ for more information.