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Women’s college agrees to let adjunct faculty unionize after giving up NLRB fight

Rather than keep fighting adjunct faculty who want to unionize, Barnard College is giving up.

The Columbia Spectator reports that the women’s college, affiliated with Columbia University, spent 13 hours in negotiation with Barnard Contingent Faculty-UAW rather than present its closing arguments at the eighth and final National Labor Relations Board hearing Thursday.

The agreement specifically excludes full-time non-tenure track faculty (who filed a petition to be left out of the union) and leaves aside whether to include visiting professors:

Included in the union—according to the agreement—are all adjunct professors, senior scholars, lab assistants, distinguished fellows, artists and writers in residence, and all term professors. …

In accordance with a neutrality agreement—which can be read in full here—Barnard will not be able to speak out against the union before a vote takes place. Members of the union will be able to publicly advocate for unionization and “shall be permitted to wear shirts, buttons, and other items expressing their position as to whether to select the Union as their collective bargaining representative.”

The election on whether to unionize takes place Sept. 14.

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