When federal agents ruled for a second time this year that a Catholic college cannot claim First Amendment protection from federal labor laws, they brazenly ignored instructions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and set up a potential Supreme Court confrontation.On May 26, the Chicago regional director for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) declared that St. Xavier University, a Catholic institution established by the Sisters of Mercy, was not sufficiently religious to be exempt from federal jurisdiction. The ruling came just four months after a similar ruling against the Christian Brothers' Manhattan College, which has appealed to the national board for a reversal.
; Religious-Freedom Attack Precedes Unionization Push
It's doubtful Manhattan can get a favorable ruling from the union- friendly NLRB, but if the college then appeals to the District's federal court, it is likely to prevail.That's because the U.S. Court of Appeals for th...