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Saint Xavier University Adjuncts Vote for Union

BY PETER N. KIRSTEIN In 2011, Saint Xavier University adjunct faculty voted to organize under the banner of the Illinois Education Association. President Christine Wiseman challenged the right of adjunct faculty at the Sisters of Mercy Catholic institution to unionize, in claiming a religious exemption under the First Amendment. Federal labour law, they argued, should not apply to…

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PA Faculty Union To Make “Important Announcement” in Facebook Live Event, Friday 9/23 @ 10:30am

BY KEVIN MAHONEY APSCUF, the faculty union representing faculty at the 14 universities of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), announced a short time ago that union leaders will have an “important announcement” at a press event in Hershey tomorrow. While local reporters will be able to attend the event in person at the Red…

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Negotiations Breakdown: PASSHE Sets Stage for First Ever Faculty Strike

BY KEVIN MAHONEY Faculty union members at the 14 Pennsylvania state-owned universities (PASSHE) have had just about enough. Following three consecutive days of marathon negotiating sessions on Tuesday and more sessions scheduled for Wednesday and beyond, faculty members were showing signs of optimism that a deal might not be that far off. However, after PASSHE continued to put…

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No-Strike No-Lockout Clause: Wise or Not?

BY PETER N. KIRSTEIN Our Collective Bargaining Agreement at a private Catholic institution has a no-strike-no-lockout clause: ARTICLE 6: NO STRIKE, NO LOCKOUT Neither the Union nor any member of the bargaining unit shall, during the term of this Agreement, instigate, engage in, support, encourage, or condone any strike, work stoppage, other concerted refusal to…

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LIU LOCKOUT OVER!!!

BY AARON BARLOW From the Long Island University Faculty Federation website: We have won a victory. The administration will end their unprecedented lockout effective 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, September 14. We will be reunited with our students and can resume our professional lives. Our collective bargaining agreement is extended until May 31, 2017, and the administration…

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LIU Lockout is Over

BY PETER N. KIRSTEIN The LIU lockout is ending at 11:59 pm tonight. The administration capitulated to the faculty’s request for a mediator to settle the contract. Faculty will be reimbursed for any health costs incurred during the lockout. http://bit.ly/2csyx7k Dear LIUFF Colleagues, We have won a victory. The administration will end their unprecedented lockout effective 11:59 p.m.…