When College Students Unionize

September 21, 2016
01:00 PM - 02:15 PM

Labor and Employment partners Jonathon Fritts and Harry Johnson will be participating in the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources webinar “When College Students Unionize.” 

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.