Harvard University is joining peer institutions in filing a brief today with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) urging it to uphold existing rulings that protect the academic relationship between graduate students and the private universities that they attend.The NLRB is considering two cases concerning whether graduate students at private universities should be considered employees for purposes of forming a labor union. In reviewing this issue, the board solicited comment from interested parties. Currently, the board does not consider graduate students at private universities to be employees. Rulings on the pending cases could reverse earlier decisions.Harvard joined Brown University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Stanford University, and Yale University in filing this brief.“The decisions in these cases would affect graduate students at Harvard and at every private university,” said Michael D. Smith, Edgerly Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “We believe that graduate students join a university as students, not as employees.”Xiao-Li Meng, Ph.D. ’90, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), said, “It is a part of GSAS’s mission to help our students complete a rigorous academic program and prepare for success in their future careers. We work very closely with the Graduate Student Council and with GSAS students in general to ensure effective support to their varied experiences in 56 different departments and programs across nine Harvard schools.”Key points in the brief include:Changing a relationship that is fundamentally about education to one that is about employment would be damaging and disruptive to graduate education and the graduate student experience.Nothing has changed to warrant reversing earlier decisions that graduate students are students, not employees — neither law, circumstances, nor facts.Reversing earlier decisions “would significantly damage private-sector graduate education in this country and will represent an inappropriate intrusion into long-protected areas of academic freedom and autonomy.”Citing the experience of New York University: “The only record evidence of private-sector experience bargaining with graduate assistants since the [earlier] 2004 … decision demonstrates the costly and disruptive effect such bargaining has on graduate education.”“Both collective bargaining and arbitration are, by their very nature, adversarial. They clearly have the potential to transform the collaborative model of graduate education to one of conflict and tension.”“Graduate students study in 56 separate and unique programs across the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. At GSAS, we partner with them and provide individualized support that addresses the different circumstances they encounter, both academically and personally,” said Allen Aloise, Ph.D. ’04, dean for administration and finance at GSAS. “We are dedicated to helping our students complete their graduate studies and succeed beyond them.”There are more than 4,000 students in GSAS. Ph.D. students there benefit from a financial aid package guaranteed for five years that can total more than $250,000 per student and includes full tuition support, stipends, completely subsidized health insurance, mass transit subsidies, support for new parents, and other benefits.Read the brief here.
Red Kelly played for two Original Six franchises, but he’s only one of eight to be honored in the rafters by the @DetroitRedWings. #NHLStats #4ever pic.twitter.com/QDmusWvgYD— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 2, 2019Named one of the NHL’s 100 greatest players in history in 2017, Kelly joins Detroit teammates Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Sid Abel, Terry Sawchuk and Alex Delvecchio in having his number raised to the rafters by the Original Six club.”We are honoring a legend, a hero,” Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman noted during the ceremony.Kelly’s number is also retired by Toronto, which was the visiting team Friday night. Kelly is one of nine players in NHL history to have their jersey retired by more than one team. Red Kelly’s #4 goes up to the rafters. pic.twitter.com/1RI4vL9ULz— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) February 2, 2019Kelly wore the spoked wheel for 12 1/2 years, netting 472 points in 846 games as a defenseman for the franchise. He won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top D-man following the 1953-54 season.”Seventy-one years ago I joined the Detroit Red Wings out of junior and they gave me No. 20 as a number,” Kelly told a packed Little Caesar’s Arena. “I came back the second year and they changed my number to 4 from 20 and I complained. I said, ‘I liked my 20, why are you changing it?’ They said, ‘One number is lighter to carry than two.’ So I thank them, appreciate for the great years we had in Detroit.” A cantankerous relationship with then-GM Jack Adams ended with Kelly being traded to Toronto during the 1959-60 season. He shifted to center with Maple Leafs and went on to win four of his eight Stanley Cups with that franchise.Kelly was also awarded the Lady Byng Trophy for gentlemanly play four times, three with Detroit. Kelly jokingly told the crowd that the jersey retirement “wouldn’t have happened in the old days under the Adams regime.” It may have taken a while, but Red Kelly’s No. 4 is finally hanging in the rafters in Detroit.Friday night, the Red Wings honored the 91-year-old Hall of Famer and eight-time Stanley Cup champion by retiring his jersey.