As NLRB Ruling Looms, Lawmakers Eye Grad Student Unions

Law360, New York (September 12, 2012, 3:39 PM EDT) -- The dean of Brown University's graduate school warned lawmakers Wednesday that an anticipated National Labor Relations Board ruling that may allow graduate teaching and research assistants to unionize and bargain collectively could wreak havoc on academic freedom.

Wednesday's joint House subcommittee hearing comes as the labor board is being urged to overturn a Bush-era NLRB decision involving Brown from 2004, which said graduate student assistants are not employees under the National Labor Relations Act because their relationship with their school was primarily educational, not economic....
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