In March 2010, a group of Pomona College Dining Services employees informed the College that they were interested in forming a union. The College has supported the employees' rights to petition the National Labor Relations Board for a secret ballot election. Talks about the process leading to an election stalled in June 2011. 

During the fall 2011 semester, the College conducted an audit of all of its I-9 files, following a complaint to the Board of Trustees. Deficiencies were found in the files of 84 faculty and staff. Ultimately, 17 employees were unable to present the legally required documentation after the three-week deadline and were fired. For more information and communications related to these events, visit