Friday, February 19, 2016

Labor Violations at the University of Southern California?

A union is arguing that the University of Southern California inappropriately interfered with its attempts to organize non-tenure-track faculty members.  The alleged interference came in the form of both promises and threats.  From the LA Times:

"Faculty at Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the oldest school at USC, voted against joining the Service Employees International Union Local 721 last week, with 113 educators casting ballots in favor of organizing and 127 against. . . [T]he objection alleges that the Dornsife election was 'infected by widely disseminated threats' and 'promises and grants of benefits' that 'affected the outcome of the election.'"

Forming unions in the academic setting certainly presents some unique obstacles, and it will be interesting to see how these particular allegations play out.

- Joe Seiner

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