Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wielding Religion Club

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wielding Religion Club

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Regarding "Duquesne University Plans to Appeal Union Ruling" (June 9): From fall 1980 through spring 1983, I spent Tuesday and Thursday evenings earning my master's degree in counseling at Duquesne University.

My experience, inside classrooms and out, was sterling and, until recently, I've felt abiding gratitude for the excellent training I received, as well as for the caring personalism of my professors.

My fondness is fading fast, however.

I was stunned, almost sickened actually, to read that my alma mater is wielding its "religious institution" status as a club with which to beat back the National Labor Relations Board's ruling that, yes, adjuncts do have the right to collective bargaining, the right to earn a living wage, the right to stop relying on public assistance, as 25 percent of part-time college faculty do (see "Adjuncts on Welfare," April 17 Perspectives).

If the ruling stands despite Duquesne University's appeal, its adjuncts will be represented by an arm of the United Steelworkers, reminding me that without my father's membership in that union well over half a century ago, our family may have never emerged from the "project. …

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