University of Pittsburgh
May 31, 2012

Pitt Labor-Management Expert Available to Discuss Pending National Labor Relations Board Ruling on Private University Professors’ Right to Bargain

Ruling could allow faculty unionization at private colleges and universities
Contact:  412-624-4147


PITTSBURGH—John T. Delaney, dean of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration, says the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) May 22 request for information and upcoming decision on the issue of whether college professors are managers and whether they should be allowed to bargain with private university employers has vital implications for higher education at a time when U.S. universities face substantial cost pressures. 

Delaney will be available to discuss the ramifications of this NLRB request, the nature of employee exclusions from the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), and a gradual reduction in the employees covered by the NLRA because of changes in the U.S. labor force over time.

Delaney is a nationally known scholar in negotiation, dispute resolution, and labor-management relations. Before assuming his current position at Pitt, he was professor and associate dean in Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business and Graduate School of Management. Prior to that, he was professor of management at the University of Iowa and a professor in the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.  

Delaney has written and edited many articles, reports, and books on labor relations, unions, and collective bargaining, including Collective Bargaining in the Private Sector (Industrial Relations and Research Association, 2002)

In addition, Delaney has provided expert testimony in Washington, D.C., to the NLRB and the Subcommittee on Labor of the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. He also has been interviewed and quoted by reporters from many news organizations, among them The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, CBS News, and National Public Radio.





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