Adjunct faculty and lecturers are pursuing a neutral party, in-house vote on unionization because under the Trump-era National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the customary path to unionization will likely endanger our very right to unionize. A precedent for a non-NLRB approach has recently been set by the laudable decision of Georgetown University and its graduate students to conduct a union election overseen by the American Arbitration Association. Graduate students’ right to unionize is also threatened by the current NLRB. Here is why we are opting for an in-house vote: Due to recent Trump administration appointees to the NLRB, the Board is actively dismantling labor protections and rulings expanding union rights. Going through the NLRB would likely result in the overturning of pro-worker rulings by the Obama-era NLRB, including rulings protecting the rights of faculty at religious affiliated universities to unionize. For example, the overturn of the Pacific Lutheran University NLRB ruling, which affirms the right of religious affiliated universities to unionize, would impede our ability to ever unionize under the NLRB and jeopardize the unions that our colleagues have formed at Georgetown and Fordham. Beyond this, the NLRB process can be lengthy and contentious. An in-house union election would allow Santa Clara faculty and administration to have a speedy and collegial process to uphold our right to unionize. Ultimately, an in-house vote would allow SCU to stay true to its Jesuit values by partnering with faculty rather than rely on the NLRB, whose members are Presidentially appointed, and whose composition presently reflects the current President of the United States’ views on organized labor. We are committed to pursuing a neutral party, in-house vote on unionization. The traditional NLRB route is simply not a viable option in this political climate. An in-house vote is the only route that will allow adjunct faculty and lectures to decide on unionization without endangering the union rights of faculty across the country. Santa Clara has the opportunity to be a leader among Jesuit universities and chart a just path forward.