NLRB Impounds Union Ballots at Pa.'s Duquesne U.

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The National Labor Relations Board has impounded ballots cast by a Catholic university's part-time faculty until the school's appeal of the unionization vote is settled.

Duquesne University is appealing the NLRB's rejection of the private school's claim that it should be given a religious exemption from an earlier agreement with the United Steelworkers union to allow the election.

The Pittsburgh school in May agreed to the vote and then reconsidered.

The balloting, conducted by mail, began anyway starting June 22 and the votes were to be counted Tuesday. But NLRB officials tell the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that can't happen until the school's appeal is resolved.

The union contends most of Duquesne's roughly 130 part-time faculty members want to form a bargaining unit.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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