It just keeps getting better! So, the latest ‘wisdom’ from the National Labor Relations Board came down this week when the Board declared that graduate students were employees for purposes of organizing under the provisions of the National Labor Relations Act! By a 3-1 vote, the NLRB voted that for purposes of union representation, the students are in fact employees who without the right to organize would be denied their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The 3 democratic appointees overturned a previous 2004 ruling that categorized university graduate students as well, students! The Board rejected Columbia’s argument that the students were never hired by the university but were rather admitted into the university and the relationship is educational rather than economic. Notwithstanding, the graduate students will now be able to move forward with their efforts to join the United Autoworkers Union!