General Information

On 23 August 2016, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that graduate research and teaching assistants at private universities qualify to organize under the National Labor Relations Act. This is a landmark decision, and the GSC has made it a priority to investigate and understand how this ruling affects graduate students at Tufts. We are especially interested in keeping the graduate student community informed and involved throughout this process, and welcome questions at all times. You may reach us at gsc(at)tufts(dot)edu, or reach out to any of our officers individually.

Outside resources

The GSC has found the following resources to be useful in understanding the NLRB decision as well as the broader topic of unionization.

  • The NLRB ruling itself.
  • A document which answers questions about unionization specific to international graduate students.
  • There exists research on the effects of unionization on the advisor-advisee relationship, pay, and academic freedom.
  • The Provost's Office at Brown has a useful and relatively unbiased overview on graduate student unionization.

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