Grad union organizing efforts get a boost in NYC
- Graduate students who have been attempting to organize at Columbia University and The New School in New York City have another shot at success following a favorable decision by the National Labor Relations Board.
- The students filed petitions to have their unions recognized, but the NLRB's regional director in New York City initially dismissed them, citing a decision against Brown University graduate students as precedent, The Capital reports.
- The latest move reinstates their petitions, however, meaning the NLRB will schedule a hearing to consider whether the graduate students can organize under the United Auto Workers.
The latest news from New York City follows an announcement last week about New York University’s own union drive. The NYU administration voluntarily recognized the UAW union, which saved the graduate students a trip through the National Labor Relations Board. The petitions by students at Columbia and The New School were dismissed at the beginning of February, according to previous reports from The Capital. Both were appealed shortly after. With this latest success for the students, universities throughout the country should take note that efforts to unionize across institutions aren't dying down anytime soon.
- Capital New York In UAW win, NLRB reinstates grad union petitions
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