Graduate Students

For Research Assistants, NLRB Decision Marks a Big Win

Mark Abramson for The Chronicle

The National Labor Relations Board’s ruling on graduate-student unionization at Columbia U. represents a recognition of the shifting nature of the work research assistants do, says Olga Brudastova, a graduate student in civil engineering there. "The work they produce is also covered by intellectual-property law and belongs to Columbia," she says.
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The activities Scott Barish performs as a doctoral research assistant align with the goals of the federal agencies that sponsor his research and directly benefit his faculty adviser and Duke University. In short, Mr. Barish argues, he is providing a...

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