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NLRB remands Duquesne’s religious exemption repeal

By Julian Routh | News Editor The National Labor Relations Board rejected Duquesne’s appeal of an adjunct unionization vote, sending the case to a regional office for further consideration. The University and the Adjunct Faculty Association of the United Steelworkers had been awaiting an NLRB ruling since 2012, when 85 percent of part-time adjunct faculty […]

Our Year in News: A Look Back

Our Year in News: A Look Back

By Julian Routh | News Editor The adjunct battle On Sept. 1, adjunct French instructor Margaret Mary Vojtko died from complications of a heart attack, prompting a debate over whether or not part-time faculty is compensated fairly. Vojtko, 83, of Homestead, taught at Duquesne for more than 25 years before school officials told her she […]

Adjunct union forming at Point Park

Adjunct union forming at Point Park

By Julian Routh | News Editor While the adjunct union at Duquesne awaits a ruling from the National Labor Relations Board, another adjunct union is organizing just blocks away in the city. Part-time faculty members at Point Park University who are unhappy with wages, benefits and office space are in the early stages of forming […]

Doyle to Duquesne: Recognize the union

Doyle to Duquesne: Recognize the union

By Julian Routh | News Editor U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle and United Steelworkers international Vice President Fred Redmond urged Duquesne earlier this week to recognize the adjunct faculty union. In a rally outside the federal building Monday afternoon, the two officials addressed issues of workers rights, particularly those allegedly violated by Pittsburgh health care provider […]

Adjunct union, DU await ruling

By Julian Routh | News Editor Duquesne University officials said this week they are awaiting a ruling from the National Labor Relations Board before making any changes to the part-time faculty system, a source of controversy since the death of a former adjunct French teacher. Timothy Austin, provost and vice-president for academic affairs, said the […]

Details emerge on adjunct’s final months

Details emerge on adjunct’s final months

By Julian Routh | News Editor The late adjunct whose death prompted outrage was in the early stages of filing a discrimination lawsuit against Duquesne, her attorney said. Documents given to The Duke this week detail the events leading up to Margaret Mary Vojtko’s death on Sept. 1. On July 18, Vojtko, with help from […]

Priest details late adjunct’s stay on campus

Priest details late adjunct’s stay on campus

By Julian Routh | News Editor In response to claims that Duquesne turned a blind eye to an ailing adjunct professor before her death on Sept. 1, Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry Rev. Daniel Walsh said the university “offered the help to get her to where she would be able to care for herself.” […]

DU slammed over treatment of adjunct

By Julian Routh | News Editor _______________________________________________________________________ UPDATE (4:56 PM September 20): The Rev. Daniel Walsh spoke to The Duke, saying Vojtko was allowed to stay at the Laval House for a month with daily meals. Read the full story here.  _______________________________________________________________________ UPDATE (1:35 PM September 19): Vice President for University Advancement John Plante sent […]

Vojtko remembered for pride, eloquence

By Julian Routh | News Editor _______________________________________________________________________ UPDATE (4:56 PM September 20): The Rev. Daniel Walsh spoke to The Duke, saying Vojtko was allowed to stay at the Laval House for a month with daily meals. Read the full story here for all the updates on the university’s treatment of Margaret Mary Vojtko, including reaction to the Post-Gazette column […]