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A New Era for Grad-Student Organizing

8.26.16

The article, “A New Era for Grad-Student Organizing,” featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, discussed how the changing realities in higher education and the broad scope of a decision this week by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are feeding a growing appetite among graduate students to fight for better working conditions.

Joe Ambash shared one of his concerns for universities in light, of the NLRB’s recent ruling.

He wonders, for example, how colleges are supposed to separate the work research assistants do for their dissertation — an educational pursuit — and work that they do as labor.

"Because this decision takes a hammer and basically smashes decades and decades of case law," Joe said, "I’m sure there will be appeals from Columbia or another institution. This is going to go to court."

To read the full article, please visit The Chronicle of Higher Education [subscription required].

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