Grad Students Unionize
In a reversal of a 2004 decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLBRB) decided that graduate students at private universities can organize to form a union. The lawsuit was brought by Columbia and New School graduate students who are represented by the United Auto Workers. This decision reversed a previous decision in which graduate students at Brown University sought to unionize. In that case the NLRB ruled that graduate students are more students than teachers and thus couldn’t form a union. This decision could be a big step forward in emboldening Northwestern’s Football team who is attempting to form the first union in the NCAA. New York University is currently the only private institution with a graduate student union. NYU voluntarily agreed to recognize the union and agreed to a contract with the students last week. For more on the decision check out the story on Inside Higher Ed.