Some graduate students have the right to unionize, Labor Board says

August 23, 2016 11:45 PM

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In a major decision that opens the door for graduate students across the country to unionize, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday (Aug. 23) that grad students who work as teaching and research assistants are employees covered by federal labor laws.

The 3-1 decision — which stems from a petition filed by a group of graduate students at Columbia University in New York who wished to join the United Auto Workers union — reverses a 2004 decision involving Rhode Island's Brown University that had held that grad students are not employees because the...

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