Julie Kushner, Kimberly Johnson, Lisa Jessup 212-529-2580
01 November, 2000
Wins NLRB Decision Confirming Union Rights for Graduate Assistants
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), yesterday, issued a decision
graduate assistants at New York University the right to
a union. The NLRB rejected a "narrow reading" of the law and
confirmed employee status on these graduate employees seeking union
decision reads in part "we will not deprive workers who are
by, and under the control of, a statutory employer of their fundamental
statutory rights to organize and bargain with their employer, simply because
they also are students."
graduate employees voted in a union election last spring, after a
and direction of election was issued by the NLRB regional
Dan Silverman. The ballots were impounded, however, when NYU filed
an appeal with the Washington NLRB.
decision by the NLRB should result in the scheduling of a
count at the NLRB's New York offices, possibly as early as next week.
Students Organizing Committee, GSOC-UAW members are excited
this victory. Their organizing drive began in the fall of 1997 and
has gained steam and widespread support over the years. They are
confident thatthey will prevail in the vote count and are ready to sit
down with the NYU administration at the negotiating table.
members are also mindful that this is a historic decision that will
precedent for hundreds of thousands of academic student
at private institutions. "We are proud to have forged the way for
graduate employees nation-wide, who as a result of this ruling, will have
union rights and the ability to improve their lives and their institutions,"
said UAW committee member Kimberly Johnson, a graduate student in the American
hope that University officials accept both the letter and the
of this decision and take the opportunity to build a constructive
with GSOC-UAW," commented UAW Region 9-A Director Phil
decision confirms what academic student employees at campuses
across the country know from their experience, which is that they
and are treated as such by their university employers. It is
news that their rights to union representation have been clarified by
comprehensive and clear NLRB ruling," commented UAW Vice-President
Bunn who directs the union's Technical, Office and Professional