The change would officially leave graduate worker unions such as the Boston College Graduate Employees Union without any legal recourse.
“It’s given us a really big lift to know that there is so much support, and it’s just another indication of how much of a growing movement graduate worker unionization is across the country—it’s not just something that’s happening on this campus,” said Gage Martin, a union member and Ph.D. student at BC.
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“This is going to establish a trend, a pattern, and a precedent,” Gary N. Chiason, a professor at Clark University, told The New York Times.
The graduate students were able to acquire signed authorization cards from at least 30 percent of BC’s eligible graduate employees, allowing them to file for an election with the NLRB.