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Ruling Allows Unions at Private Colleges

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Science  10 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5494, pp. 1069-1071
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5494.1069

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The National Labor Relations Board last week gave a nod to the first graduate students' union at a private university. The board's ruling that graduate teaching and research assistants at New York University qualify as "employees" potentially puts them on equal footing with colleagues at publicly funded campuses in more than 20 states. University administrators deplored the ruling, which thrilled labor organizers.