Nonprofit Sector Unionization and Gender Equity: Learning Lessons from a Case Study of Teacher Organization in the St. Louis Archdiocese

Review of Public Personnel Administration 2001 21: 5

23 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2014

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Joan E. Pynes

University of South Florida

Meredith A. Newman

Florida International University (FIU)

Date Written: 2001

Abstract

This article examines issues that arose between a large Catholic archdiocese and its elementary school teachers when the latter organized to form a union to negotiate over wages, benefits, working conditions, and grievance procedures. Similar tensions are likely to reoccur in archdioceses across the country as the number of nuns continues to decline and parochial schools are forced to hire lay teachers. The St. Louis, Missouri, story underscores the gender inequity inherent in this area of nonprofit organizations’ labor relations; indeed, gender equity is the silent and heretofore invisible dimension driving major developments observed in the St. Louis experience. Similar gender equity-oriented developments likely lie ahead in labor relations in the nonprofit sector as it expands its role in the contemporary hollow state of American government.

Keywords: collective bargaining, Catholic schools, labor relations

Suggested Citation

Pynes, Joan E. and Newman, Meredith A., Nonprofit Sector Unionization and Gender Equity: Learning Lessons from a Case Study of Teacher Organization in the St. Louis Archdiocese (2001). Review of Public Personnel Administration 2001 21: 5. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2511009

Joan E. Pynes (Contact Author)

University of South Florida ( email )

Tampa, FL 33620
United States

Meredith A. Newman

Florida International University (FIU) ( email )

University Park
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
United States

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