Union Election, Not NLRB Vote

By Scott Jaschik; published on 11/27/2014 at Inside Higher Ed.

Graduate teaching assistants at New York University could be represented by a union as early as next year, under a deal announced Tuesday afternoon.

Under the deal between NYU and the United Auto Workers, an election is expected next month on whether graduate teaching assistants would like to be represented by the UAW. If they vote yes, as is expected, NYU would become the first private university since 2005 with unionized TAs. Under the agreement, both sides agreed to withdraw a case currently before the National Labor Relations Board on the legal right of private university graduate students to unionize. That case had the potential to set a new precedent on the issue, which is currently governed by a 2004 ruling denying that right.

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