Graduate students at private universities are asking regulators to consider these questions: Are we employees, or not? Can we join a union?
The National Labor Relations Board recently decided to review its previous position, reigniting debate within the ivory tower.
For Paul Katz, who's three years into a history Ph.D. program at Columbia University, the 15 to 20 hours a week he spends teaching university undergraduates should mean he's an employee. He teaches in addition to conducting his own research.