Court blocks Minnesota university faculty's bid to unionize

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- An appeals court has dealt a setback to University of Minnesota Twin Cities faculty who are trying to organize a union.

The Pioneer Press reports the court ruled Tuesday that part-time and contingent faculty can't join the same union as those on track for tenure because they belong to different bargaining units.

The Bureau of Mediation Services previously sided with Service Employees International Union Local 284's petition in January 2016 to place part-time and contingent faculty in Unit 8 with full-time instructional faculty because they have similar interests.

University officials argued part-time and contingent faculty belong in Unit 11, which represents professional and administrative staff. The appellate panel agreed with the university because contingent faculty don't have academic rank to belong to Unit 8.

Local 284 officials say they're considering appealing the decision to the Supreme Court.

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