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Northwestern University

Amicus Brief Supports Collective Bargaining Rights for Graduate Students

The AAUP filed an amicus brief with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in July arguing that graduate assistants at private institutions should be considered employees with collective bargaining rights.

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.
 

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