NLRB drops Trump rule that would have blocked graduate student unions


The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced March 12 that it is withdrawing a nearly-final Trump-era rule that aimed to block student teaching assistants from forming unions. The decision returns to an Obama-era policy under which the NLRB said student workers at private colleges and universities have the right to unionize.

Trump appointees to the NLRB declared in September 2019 that student teaching assistants are not employees under the National Labor Relations Act because their relationships to their schools are primarily educational. But the rule implementing that change had not yet taken effect.


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