Re: “PLU fights effort to form contingent faculty union” (TNT, 4-30).
Pacific Lutheran University claims that, as a religiously affiliated institution, it has the right to block the efforts of contingent faculty to form a union to address pay and benefits inequities. This is not a matter of government or religious jurisdiction; it is a matter of human dignity and justice.
PLU relies on a large group of highly trained contingent faculty who make up almost half the total faculty. The lecturers, senior lecturers, instructors, clinical faculty, visiting faculty and resident faculty are all “contingent,” meaning their employment relies …