Legal Alert - NLRB Jurisdictional Ruling Clears Path for Unionization of Religious Schools
by Gerard Morales and Jennifer R. Phillips
A National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) Regional Director recently issued a ruling that could clear the way for more unionization of faculty members at private, religious schools. The Regional Director for NLRB Region 19 decided that Seattle University, a Jesuit institution, did not satisfy the “religious institution” exemption, and thus was subject to the NLRB’s jurisdiction. In accordance with the Petition for Election filed by the Service Employees International Union (“SEIU”) he ordered a union election among non-tenure-track faculty members.