Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Duquesne, don’t appeal NLRB decision


As a graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law, I am ashamed of my alma mater for failing to recognize and collective­ly bargain with adjunct faculty at the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts (“Duquesne Must Now Recognize Adjunct Faculty Union,” April 12).

The law school tells prospectiv­e students that they “will be trained to a high degree of profession­al skill with a special sensitivit­y to ethical and moral concerns.” Duquesne had the opportunit­y to stop a five-year legal battle and show respect for the invaluable contributi­ons of adjunct faculty members. They failed.

Duquesne is making the wrong legal decision to appeal the National Labor Relations Board ruling, and they are making the wrong ethical and moral decision. The NLRB has had jurisdicti­on over Duquesne since 1982, and should continue to exercise its jurisdicti­on. This lengthy legal fight has nothing to do with being a religious institutio­n. It is an excuse for wanting to continue to pay adjuncts poverty wages.

Duquesne is risking its mission by wasting tuition and donation dollars on legal fees. As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a 1986 pastoral letter, “No one may deny the right to organize without attacking human dignity itself.” Duquesne should drop its challenge and invest in workers and, by extension, students.

I make increasing yearly donations to my undergradu­ate institutio­n, Dickinson College. I have never made a donation to Duquesne. Unless something changes, that will continue. I refuse to allow my money to be used to break a union. LINDSEY M. WILLIAMS

West View school thing, and Ambassador Rooney did the right thing and asked for the courtesy call (I was the acting ambassador at the time). Once I learned he was coming, I sent out a message to everyone in the embassy, saying that if they were Steelers fans, they should pop into my office to say hello. About a dozen did, and even posed for a group picture with him. Dan Rooney was such a good sport about it — and much more. This was clearly something that happened to him with some frequency, and he was prepared. He had a supply of Terrible Towels, which he autographe­d, and other Steelers trinkets, which he pressed into the delighted fans’ hands.

He couldn’t have been a nicer guy. Maybe I happened to catch him on two days in which he was being extraordin­arily friendly and kind, but I really doubt that. DAVID BALLARD

Reston, Va.

I read, with the unlikely combinatio­n of amusement and alarm, the April 15 letter by Erin Cordell, “Let’s Strive for Empathy Toward Trump Voters.” She declares that her fellow anti-Trumpers should create a dialogue with Trump voters instead of just condemning them out-of-hand.

All well-intentione­d and good, but then Ms. Cordell goes on to clearly show that she has naively bought into the left’s depiction of Trump voters as the equivalent of Kentucky hillbillie­s — uneducated folk, albeit sincere and hard-working.

I would opine that Ms. Cordell is likely living in that bubbleworl­d of liberal bias. Many of the Trump supporters my family and I know are highly educated and well-informed. We voted for policy and effectiven­ess, not for personalit­y.

If nothing else, the condescend­ing attitude of Ms. Cordell toward half the nation’s voters helps to explain the unexpected and overwhelmi­ng electoral victory of Donald J. Trump. The liberals-in-the-bubble refuse to acknowledg­e and accept the fact that much of the nation’s electorate, from all points on the education spectrum, simply do not agree with them. ED KNIGHT


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