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University Urges Vote Count; Denies Union Charges

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PLEASE BE SURE TO VOTE—it’s your voice, and your future. 


Jody Bomba
Chief Human Resources Officer
labordialog@laverne.edu

News & Announcements


SEIU Withdraws Petition to Represent La Verne Adjunct Faculty

July 31, 2014 –The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has withdrawn its petition to represent adjunct faculty at the University of La Verne. In accepting the withdrawal, the National Labor Relations Board imposed a six-month moratorium against the SEIU, preventing it from filing another petition to represent La Verne adjunct faculty until January of 2015.

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National NLRB Denies SEIU Appeal

July 18, 2014 – The National Labor Relations Board has dismissed all charges of unfair labor practices against the University. SEIU had filed six Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges against the University. The regional office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) investigated and dismissed these charges. The SEIU then filed an appeal on one of these charges with the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., delaying the ballot count. Now that all ULP charges have been dismissed and the appeals process has been exhausted, the impounded ballots can be counted.

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SEIU Appeals NLRB's Decision

May 5, 2014 – We have just learned that on April 28, 2014, the SEIU filed an appeal to the Regional Director’s dismissal of one of the unfair labor practice charges previously filed against the University. The appeal was filed with the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, DC. It may take a month or more before the Board responds to SEIU’s appeal. As a result of the SEIU making this appeal—the ballots will remain impounded.

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NLRB Dismisses All ULP Charges

April 16, 2014 – The National Labor Relations Board has dismissed all six of the unfair labor practice (ULP) charges that the union filed against the University — in their entirety. The Board concluded that the Union’s allegations have no merit. This decision confirms that the University ran a fair and lawful communications effort.

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Election Continues To Be On Hold

April 7, 2014 – On February 7, 2014 — one week into the voting period — the Union asked the Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board to block the pending election. On February 21, the Region granted that request and impounded the ballots that had been submitted by adjunct faculty members. The University immediately filed a Request for Review, asking the Board in D.C. to overturn the Regional Director’s decision and order the ballots counted. On April 4, 2014, the Board in D.C. denied the Request for Review.

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University Calls on Union to Support Vote Count; Files Petition Refuting Charges

March 15, 2014 – The University continues to advocate for the votes to be counted and calls on the SEIU to drop its opposition to the counting of the ballots so the adjuncts’ voice may be heard. In a recent submission to the NLRB Regional Director on February 26, the University asked that it reconsider its support of the SEIU’s request to impound the ballots.

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SEIU Withdraws Petition at Loyola Marymount University

March 11, 2014 – According to an article in the Los Angeles Loyolan, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) withdrew its petition for an election at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) today, effectively terminating the unionization process of its adjunct faculty.

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University Urges NLRB to Count Ballots

March 3, 2013 - The University last week filed a request with the Director of Region 21 of the NLRB asking that the ballots be counted while the union’s unfair labor practice charges are investigated. The University continues to maintain that the union’s allegations are without merit and should not be allowed to delay the vote count. The University believes that the ballots should be counted as soon as possible; however, the decision lies with the Board.

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SPECIAL ELECTION UPDATE – University Files Motion to Deny Union’s Appeal; Regional Director Reverses Decision

February 22, 2014 - On Friday, February 21, the University filed a motion with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington, D.C. to deny the SEIU’s appeal to impound the ballots cast in the adjunct faculty’s union election. In a separate action, the Regional Director reversed its earlier decision to allow the election to proceed and without waiting for the NLRB’s input decided the ballots should remain impounded until the union’s ULPs are reviewed.

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University of La Verne Corrects Misleading Statements in Union Flyer

February 10, 2014 - The SEIU released a flyer purporting to compare adjunct faculty’s contracts at the University of La Verne with those who are SEIU-represented. This flyer contains many misrepresentations about the wages and benefits the University provides. Those adjuncts considering unionization deserve the whole truth about contract provisions at the University.

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Activities & Events

In Reverse Chronological Order

July 2014

July 31 – SEIU Withdraws Petition to Represent La Verne Adjunct Faculty

July 18 – National NLRB Denies SEIU Appeal

May 2014

May 5 – SEIU Appeals NLRB’s Decision

April 2014

April 16 – NLRB dismisses all ULP charges; Board concludes that union’s allegations have no merit. Read the formal dismissal.

April 4 – NLRB denies the University's "Request for Review;" election continues to be on hold

March 2014

March 11 – University files position statement in opposition of the Union's ULP allegations (see letter)

Click here to NLRB filings and see a full chronology of events.
 

February 2014 

February 26 – University files a "Request for Reconsideration" to the NLRB (see request)
February 21 – University files motion to deny SEIU’s appeal to stop vote count; Regional Director reverses decision (see letter)
February 20  University files an "Opposition to Union's Request for Special Permission to Appeal" to the NLRB urging for vote count (see letter)
February 19  NLRB denies the University's "Request for Review"; University calls for vote count (see letter)
February 18 – NLRB postpones the ballot count scheduled for February 18 because the NLRB has not yet ruled on the University's "Request for Review" filed on January 21 (see statement)
February 14 – Secret ballots due to the NLRB; Union files a "Request for Special Permission to Appeal" to the NLRB in D.C. asking to overrule the Region's decision (see appeal)
February 13 – NLRB sends letter to the University summarizing ULP allegations (see letter)
February 7 – The SEIU reversed its position, asking the Region for permission to withdraw its "Requests to Proceed" and demanding that the election be stopped until the ULPs are decided. The Region refused

January 2014

January 31 – NLRB mails secret ballots to eligible voters; NLRB files ULP against the University (see SEIU's charge)
January 23 – The SEIU filed Unfair Labor Practice Charges (ULP) against the University. It also filed "Requests to Proceed", asking that the election continue as planned. The Region proceeded with the election as planned
January 21 – The University files a "Request for Review" with the NLRB in Washington, D.C., appealing the Region's decision to keep the voting unit limited to only adjuncts on the main campus (see letter)
January 14 – NLRB decides election dates (January 31 – February 14)

December 2013

December 20 – University sends letter to Regional Director regarding voter eligibility (see letter)
December 18 – NLRB decides voter eligibility (see NLRB letter or Excelsior List)

November 2013

November 14 – NLRB hearing on bargaining unit composition (see statement)

October 2013

October 28 – SEIU files petition to represent certain adjunct faculty (see petition)