When College Students Unionize

Wednesday, September 21 | 1:00-2:15 p.m. ET

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Presented in partnership with these higher ed organizations: American Council on Education, Association of American Universities, Council of Graduate Schools, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

This is a free webinar. Registration is required for participation.

On August 23, 2016 the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a 3-1 decision in Columbia University, ruling that graduate and undergraduate students who perform work at private institutions as part of their education may be considered in certain cases employees under the National Labor Relations Act. The decision has broad implications for private colleges and universities.

Learn about the basics of the Columbia decision, the NLRB’s election process (including the procedure for seeking review in the courts) and how a bargaining unit of graduate students might be defined. During this webinar, you’ll also find out what an organizing drive on your campus might look like – social media conversations, increased scrutiny on the school and its officials, demands for union recognition, neutrality agreements and more – and what your institution may lawfully do in response to these types of organizing activities.

Credits & Presenters

  • 1.25 General Credit Hours *

  • 1.25 General Credit Hours

  • Jonathan Fritts

    Morgan Lewis

  • Harry Johnson, III

    Morgan Lewis

Additional Resources

Legal Watch | NLRB Ruling in Columbia University Opens Door for Graduate Students to Unionize 
The Higher Ed Workplace Blog | NLRB Invites Amicus Briefs to Determine Whether Grad Students Are Employees Under the NLRA 
Knowledge Center | Unions Toolkit

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