01 March 2016

Union Rights for Graduate Employees

"The AAUP filed an amicus brief with the National Labor Relations Board arguing that graduate assistants at private sector institutions should be considered employees with collective bargaining rights. The brief responded to an invitation from the NLRB to file amicus briefs in addressing whether the Board should modify or overrule its 2004 decision in Brown University, which had found that graduate assistants were not employees and therefore did not have statutory rights to unionize. 342 NLRB 483 (2004). In the amicus brief the AAUP argued that the Board should overrule Brown, explaining that graduate assistants are employees with collective bargaining rights, and that collective bargaining promotes academic freedom and does not harm faculty-student mentoring relationships."

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