Some teachers at the University of Missouri-St. Louis who are trying to form a union sued the state’s university system Thursday, alleging that the rules the board of curators set forth for organizing are too restrictive.
They contend there are gender and minority wage gaps, and that the best way to close them is to unionize. The effort started last summer on the heels of successful union votes at other colleges in the region.
The University of Missouri System’s Board of Curators spelled out the timelines and voting rules for UMSL teachers to organize, as required by state law. But faculty and union reps say those rules are unfair.
John Fougere, a spokesman for the University of Missouri System, declined to comment. UMSL spokesman Bob Samples said the matter is being handled the UM System, but that UMSL feels its faculty are well represented and a union would “alter that relationship.”