NLRB Avoids Involving Grad Assistants in Athlete Decision

In a highly publicized case in which the AAUP filed an amicus brief, the National Labor Relations Board declined to assert jurisdiction over the Northwestern University football players’ petition seeking union representation rendering the players unable to unionize under the auspices of the NLRB. The Board, however, explicitly limited its decision to the unusual circumstances of the case, avoiding broader questions involving the unionization of graduate student assistants and others.

Support for Graduate Employee Rights

The AAUP's Committee on Graduate and Professional Students commends graduate student workers at both Columbia University and the New School for their efforts to overturn the 2004 National Labor Relations Board decision that removed the right of graduate employees to collective bargaining. The right to organize and engage in collective action for mutual aid and benefit is a fundamental guarantee that all workers should enjoy. 

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