Columbia objects to vote for graduate students to unionize

NEW YORK, Columbia University is a challenge and a vote by the Ivy League school, graduate teaching and research assistants to unionize.

The university filed the challenge with the National Labor Relations Board last week, on the Dec. 9 votes on the authorisation of the United Auto Workers to represent Columbia graduate students.

Graduate student unions often at public schools throughout the country. In August, the NLRB held that private universities should treat graduate assistants and researchers as employees.

Columbia argues that the voter coercion from union agents and supporters skewed the vote and that the National Labor Relations Board must invalidate.

Union officials say Columbia filed the challenge as a delay tactic in yet another attempt of the university to ignore the democratic process.

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