AFT files brief in crucial Columbia case

Cornell Graduate Students United’s national affiliate, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), has filed an amicus brief in the Columbia University National Labor Relations Board case that will likely set a new precedent for grad student unionization efforts across the country. Crucial information contained in the brief was contributed by CGSU members.

The brief convincingly argues that the 2004 Brown University case was wrongly decided, and that graduate assistants are statutory employees entitled to collective bargaining rights. It emphasizes that collective bargaining may strengthen academic freedom and student-professor relationships. Read it here.

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has also submitted an amicus brief arguing in favor of grad unionization. It can be read here. And the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS) has filed a brief, name-checking Cornell.