The National Labor Relations Board has done a complete about-face.
The Board recently voted three to one that graduate students who work as teaching or research assistants at private universities are indeed employees, and they have a right to collective bargaining.
That ruling overturns a 2004 Bush-era ruling that took those bargaining rights away.
John Ware is the president of the Graduate Employees Organization at the University of Michigan. He joined us today to talk about how this ruling might affect working conditions, pay and benefits for all graduate employees.