In Brown University, the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB" or "Board") held that graduate assistants are students rather than employees, and in doing so, it settled the issue of whether graduate student assistants admitted into a university should be treated as employees for purposes of collective bargaining. The NLRB declared that the relationship between a university and its graduate student assistants was fundamentally educational rather than economic, and therefore, no union rights exist for graduate students at Brown University ("Brown").
Baum, Elizabeth Butler
"NLRB Refuses to Harm "Academic Freedom" at Universities by Permitting Graduate Student Assistants to Unionize,"
Mercer Law Review: Vol. 56:
2, Article 11.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.law.mercer.edu/jour_mlr/vol56/iss2/11