Bloomberg Law
Sept. 20, 2019, 12:47 PMUpdated: Sept. 20, 2019, 7:11 PM

NLRB Proposes to Make Student Workers Ineligible to Unionize (1)

Hassan A. Kanu
Hassan A. Kanu
Legal Reporter

Graduate teaching assistants and other student workers at private universities and colleges wouldn’t qualify for federal protections that grant most private-sector workers the right to form or join a union under a new regulatory proposal.

Students who receive compensation for teaching or conducting research “in connection with their studies” wouldn’t be considered employees, who have the right to unionize and are protected from various unfair labor practices, the National Labor Relations Board said in a press release Sept. 20.

The board has in recent years swung back and forth on whether students are “employees” under the National Labor Relations Act. ...

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