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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Natow

Graduate Student Policy in the News: September 23, 2019

From Inside Higher Education: "The Trump-appointed National Labor Relations Board wants to make sure -- really sure -- that graduate students at private institutions can’t form unions. Previously, the board has flip-flopped as to whether graduate students at private institutions are employees entitled to collective bargaining under the National Labor Relations Act (public campus unions are subject to state law on the matter). But now, instead of settling the issue on a case-by-case basis, the board is seeking to make a permanent rule against graduate students unions."

From the Chronicle of Higher Education: "The University at Buffalo is barring most departments in its College of Arts and Sciences from recruiting funded Ph.D. students next year, unless they qualify for certain scholarships. Buffalo, part of the State University of New York, said the move was necessary for future improvement, but some graduate students called it hostile."

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