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NLRB Region Five Rules that Resident Advisors at George Washington University are Employees Who May Unionize

Posted in Higher Education, National Labor Relations Board
On April 21, 2017, the Acting Regional Director of Region Five of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a Decision and Direction of Election holding that Resident Advisors (“RAs”) at George Washington University are employees under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) who are entitled to vote in a union representation election.  This decision comes on the… Continue Reading

The NLRB Unanimously Shuts Down Attempt to Unionize Northwestern’s Scholarship Football Players

Posted in College Athletics, National Labor Relations Board, NCAA, Student-Athletes, Unionization
In a long-awaited decision issued on August 17, 2015, the five-member National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) unanimously shut down an attempt by Northwestern University’s scholarship football players to become the first group of college athletes to form a labor union.  This Board holding vacates the direction of election issued by an NLRB Regional Director in March… Continue Reading

The National Labor Relations Board Strikes Again – How Managerial Are Your Faculty and How Religious Is Your Institution?

Posted in Labor Relations
In the latest example of dramatic changes to well-developed principles of federal labor law and policy, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) issued its long awaited decision in Pacific Lutheran University, 361 NLRB No. 157, last week. Pacific Lutheran presented the Board with the opportunity to address, and redefine, two critical areas of… Continue Reading

Is the NLRB’s Brown University Decision on Its Last Leg?

Posted in National Labor Relations Board, Unionization
The National Labor Relations Board’s treatment of college and university students as “employees” covered by the National Labor Relations Act has been the subject of a tortured history. In the Fall of 2000, in a case involving NYU, the NLRB held that graduate assistants could be employees under the Act and therefore subject to the… Continue Reading

NLRB Regional Director Finds College Football Players Qualify as Employees and Can Unionize

Posted in Higher Education, National Labor Relations Board
In a stunning and potential landmark decision, a Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board has found that football players receiving grant-in-aid scholarships from Northwestern University (the University) are “employees” under the National Labor Relations Act.  In his decision released Wednesday afternoon, the Regional Director determined that “players receiving scholarships to perform football-related services for [the… Continue Reading