Graduate Employees at Private Universities Closely Watching Pending NLRB Case on Unionization Rights


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This semester, graduate students across the country will return to the same old routine of shuttling from the library to the lecture hall, hitting the archives in the afternoon and dozing off over a stack of half-graded papers by dusk. But they may be due for a reward worth a lot more than their tuition remission: validation of their work from the nation’s highest authority on labor rights.

Late last year, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) finally agreed to review the cases of Columbia University and New School graduate studentswho have been campaigning for years to form an official union on their campus. Their pending decision could overturn a precedent that has hamstrung labor organizing on private college and university campuses for over a decade.

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