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NLRB Again Violates Freedom of Religious University

Continuing the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) unconstitutional intrusion into religious education, a regional NLRB officer has ruled that faculty members at a Lutheran institution can vote to unionize.

The officer improperly rejected Pacific Lutheran University’s exemption from NLRB jurisdiction, as mandated by the 1979 U.S. Supreme Court case NLRB v. Catholic Bishop of Chicago.

The Cardinal Newman Society has previously reported on the NLRB’s long history of violating the First Amendment in order to assert jurisdiction over employee relations at Catholic colleges and universities. Duquesne University, Manhattan University and St. Xavier University have appeals pending before the NLRB, which has claimed that they are insufficiently religious to qualify for exemption from the Board’s oversight.

A federal court has ruled repeatedly that the NLRB’s very act of trying to gauge a college’s religiosity violates the Constitution’s protection of religious freedom. The Cardinal Newman Society has argued instead that the Catholic Church is responsible for ensuring strong Catholic identity at its Catholic institutions.

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