Vox’s Links to Stories on Today’s NLRB Ruling

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What follows is taken from Vox’s daily newsletter Sentences:

“Student Union” Gets a Whole New Meaning

–The National Labor Relations Board ruled on Tuesday that graduate students at private universities have the right to form unions and bargain collectively. [Vox / Libby Nelson]

–The decision doesn’t affect grad students at public universities. Those grad students are public employees of their states (and therefore governed by state laws about public sector unions). [WSJ / Melanie Trottman]

–This is the third time in 16 years the NLRB has ruled on this question: It ruled in favor of graduate students in 2000 (with board members appointed by Bill Clinton), then against them in 2004 (after board appointments from George W. Bush). [Bloomberg / Josh Eidelson]

–At its core, the question is whether graduate students who work for the university (as teaching or research assistants, for example) are students or workers…

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