Adjunct instructors at Cayuga Community College will be able to form their own bargaining unit under the umbrella of the New York State United Teachers Union, the same organization that represents the full-time faculty.
A successful two-year effort by the part-time faculty to unionize was appealed by the college, which argued that the adjuncts should be folded into the full-time union.
In a decision issued last week, the state Public Employment Relations Board ruled against the college, determining that there are enough differences between the work of the full- and part-timers as to allow the part-time faculty to form a separate unit.
About 200 part-time instructors proposed an adjunct union in the fall of 2014 in an effort to have more influence over pay and job security. The Public Employee Relations Board decided in the spring of 2015 to allow the union to go ahead, but the college then filed an appeal.
College President Gregory DeCinque said last year that the college board did not object to a union for adjunct professors but that the college did not believe that it was appropriate for a second, separate unit to be formed.
The most recent ruling by the Public Employee Relations Board rejects the college's argument of a conflict in having two bargaining units affiliated with NYSUT and that a separate unit is the most appropriate way to proceed.