The Wall Street Journal: Graduate students at private colleges can join labor unions

The National Labor Relations Board ruled that Columbia University graduate students are employees under federal labor law, paving the way for graduate students at private colleges nationwide to join labor unions.

In a 3-1 decision announced Tuesday, the board of mostly Democrats said there is no clear language in the National Labor Relations Act that prohibits the teaching assistants from being afforded the protections of employees, including the right to unionize.

The victory for the Columbia graduate students that petitioned to join a union could potentially deliver tens of thousands of members to the nation’s struggling labor movement.

A complete version of this report is available at WSJ.com.

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