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NLRB Flooded with Amicus Briefs In Fight Over Grad Student Unions


The article, “NLRB Flooded with Amicus Briefs In Fight Over Grad Student Unions,” featured in Corporate Counsel on March 3, 2016, discussed how a flurry of amicus briefs filed last week by unions, universities and academics highlight key issues in the Columbia University case, like the definition of “employee” under the National Labor Relations Act and the possible impacts of collective bargaining on higher education.

Joe Ambash filed a brief on behalf of all the other Ivy League schools, plus Stanford University and Massachusetts of Institute of Technology. The hope, he said, is that the labor board will recognize that “imposing employee status on students who are doing research and teaching as part and parcel of their degree would actually be very, very destructive of the current paradigms of the private sector higher education.”

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