Duquesne University adjuncts union votes to be counted
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The votes will be counted in the union election of the Adjuncts Association of the United Steelworkers at Duquesne University.
The National Labor Relations Board Friday gave the go-ahead for counting the ballots which it impounded after they were cast in July while an appeals process continued.
The Catholic university has appealed to block the union election of adjuncts by claiming a religious exemption from the NLRB jurisdiction over campus labor matters.
In its decision, the NLRB states it may not be necessary to decide the jurisdiction issue if the union doesn't get a majority of the votes. If the union does get the majority of the votes, it stated the university could renew its jurisdiction contention before the board.
It directed the regional director to count the ballots and let the two sides know the results.
In a written statement, university spokeswoman Bridget Fare said that Duquesne will reassert its position if the union does receive a majority of the votes.
The union released a statement applauding the NLRB decision.
First Published September 15, 2012 9:07 am