December 11, 2016

Grad-Student Unions

Here is a collection of articles from The Chronicle about recent unionization efforts by graduate students, rulings that have aided them, and how the picture may change under a new administration.

Under President Trump, the National Labor Relations Board could soon take a dimmer view of Ph.D. students’ bids to unionize. Some say colleges are using litigation as a stall tactic.

A landslide pro-union vote at Columbia is likely to motivate similar drives at other private colleges. But the legal support for collective bargaining will be less certain under a Trump administration.

Administrators at the university oppose a move to organize unions at the department level, and a regional labor-board director will decide whether the effort can proceed.

Comparing a pair of grad-union votes from more than a decade ago can provide valuable context for the collective-bargaining fights expected this year.

Changing realities in higher education and the broad scope of a new decision by the National Labor Relations Board are feeding a growing appetite among graduate students to fight for better working conditions.

The National Labor Relations Board’s decision in a case involving Columbia University has made clear that graduate-employee unions are legal at private colleges. Experts predict a surge in organizing similar to what has taken place among adjuncts.

The NLRB’s ruling on Tuesday, that graduate students are employees, prompts a look back at the labor-union battle that started it all.

What began as a struggle for better working conditions at the New School now has implications for private universities nationwide.

The elite university has issued 15 dos and don’ts to help professors discuss unionization efforts with students.

The tentative contract could be a model for graduate students at other private colleges. But first they face the challenge of getting their unions recognized.

In response to the Affordable Care Act, some campuses have cut back on insurance coverage, leading graduate assistants to cry foul.

The university wants to allow departments to set the upper limit on stipends. But critics say the move violates a long-held principle at Madison of "equal pay for equal work."

Organizers have been encouraged by recent success at New York University, although challenges remain.

Inside the strategy of the union that led the fight to organize teaching assistants.