Columbia ruling: Graduate students at US private universities can unionize
New York: The US National Labour Relations Board ruled on Tuesday that student teaching and research assistants at private universities are employees and have a right to be represented by unions.
The 3-1 ruling overturns a 2004 NLRB decision that said graduate students were not employees covered by the National Labour Relations Act.
Tuesday’s decision in a case involving graduate students at Columbia University potentially affects graduate students at hundreds of private colleges and universities throughout the US.
Graduate students at many public universities, which are covered by state labour laws, are already unionized.