Education, Issues, Political correctness

NLRB just nuked your private university safe spaces

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Liberal parents who are dropping off a child at a private university beware; the liberal National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) just nuked your kid’s safe space.

The NLRB earlier this week overruled previous precedent and decided that many types of students who perform duties such as teaching assistance as part of their degree programs are employees for the purposes of the National Labor Relations Act.

This means that all the crazy decisions from the NLRB regarding things like employer manuals, prohibiting restrictions on workplace conduct, etc. now apply to these students.

This also means that these students can now form unions and the employer (university) will be legally prohibited from negotiating with them individually but must instead bargain with the union.

Since the NLRB has greatly limited the ability of employers to prohibit bad conduct from employees here are a few of the things that the dissent points out will be next to impossible for private universities to prohibit:

  1. Privacy in Investigations. “If your son or daughter is sexually harassed by a student assistant and an investigation by the university ensues, the university will violate federal law (the NLRA) if it routinely asks other student-assistant witnesses to keep confidential what is discussed during the university’s investigation.”
  2. Civility. “The university will be found to have violated the NLRA if it requires student assistants to maintain ‘harmonious interactions and relationships’ with other students.”
  3. Profanity, Abuse, and Just Plain Loudness. “The university cannot adopt a policy against ‘loud, abusive or foul language’ or ‘false, vicious, profane or malicious statements’ by student assistants.”
  4. Bad Conduct. “The university must permit student assistants to have angry confrontations with university officials in grievance discussions, and the student assistant cannot be lawfully disciplined or removed from his or her position even if he or she repeatedly screams, ‘I can say anything I want,’ ‘I can swear if I want,’ and ‘I can do anything I want, and you can’t stop me’.”
  5. Social Media Gone Wild. “If a student assistant objects to actions by a professor-supervisor named ‘Bob,’ the university must permit the student to post a message on Facebook stating: ‘Bob is such a nasty mother ******, don’t know how to talk to people. **** his mother and his entire ******* family’.”
  6. Abusing Faculty. “The university may not take action against a student assistant who screams at a professor-supervisor and calls him a ‘******* crook,’ a ‘******* mother *******’ and an ‘*******’ when the student assistant is complaining about the treatment of student assistants.”

The quotes above are from actual, real life cases where the NLRB has said that employers cannot prohibit the conduct described.

So, if your kid gets attacked they will have no privacy, they can expect no civility, and they can expect to be in the middle of profanity, falsity, and malicious conduct.

Goodbye safe space. Maybe you should get your kids’ earplugs and self-defense skills instead.

This is a guest post by Nathan Mehrens President of Americans for Limited Government Foundation.
  • RLTMLT

    These universities brought this on themselves when they set out to threaten graduate students with a potential delay of their degrees if they didn’t serve as low paid adjunct teachers replacing higher paid tenured professors to save these already wealthy private schools money. A somewhat unusual justification for unionizing an institution but not unexpected given that most tenured professors lean to the Socialist Left ! Bottom line, if you think a college education is expensive now, just wait !

    • Robert

      RLTMLT
      I could not have said it better, these Colleges and Universities are more like dictators than educational places, and it has been that way for a long time I experienced it back in the late 50s early 60s, where students had to act as teachers in order to get their degree I was one of them.
      This is one of the reasons that Colleges should be a non profit institution and salaries regulated, it would bring down the cost of education to those who really desire an education but can not afford it.
      I will tell you another thing when I went to college there was a student there that his family donated a wing to the school and he was never in class and did nothing but graduated top of the class, I was 34 after working my ass off to get there he was #3 and never was there well not exactly but was seldom there for classes.
      HAVE A NICE DAY

      • RLTMLT

        Robert, one thing that I’ve learned over the years is that it doesn’t matter what man made institution your involved, Money Talks and BS Walks !

        • Robert

          RLTMLT
          I just do not understand the whole object of how they look at education. The USA sucks hind it when it comes to Education even though we have on e of the top colleges in the world, of course top college top price so only the affluent can afford to attend, but no one seems to want non profit colleges like they have in the countries with the highest education level of people. I do suppose it is a way of keeping the have not just that.
          HAVE A NICE DAY

          • RLTMLT

            Robert, your last sentence says it all ! As the former Middle Class dissolves away due to all their manufacturing jobs being exported to foreign low wage countries, a new economic class must take it’s place to keep future Americans reaching for that Golden Ring ! But this new economic class with be forced to incur massive educational debt just to obtain a membership to the club ! It’s making the enemy of Capitalism; Socialism, look better and better to average American Workers and their families who are facing a permanent low wage future !

          • Robert

            RLTMLT
            I just do not understand why the people do not want to educate themselves on the issues rather than listen to the BS from both major parties, based on half truths and outright lies, and these are the parties that we have to choose from to represent our country to other parts of the world.
            HAVE A GOOD DAY

          • RLTMLT

            Hope you got my last reply, it seems that even a conservative website like this one is obligated to block those post that have words in them that are not considered Politically Correct. Mine was not a curse word or a sexually suggestive comment, it was the name of a political movement that took control of Germany in 1933. Even PBS is allowed to air explicit documentaries concerning this dark period of history. Even Wikipedia is allowed to publish an array of historical accounts on line concerning this period of history but I can’t use it’s name in a public post !

          • Robert

            RLTMLT
            the last one I got from you was about the former middle class and huge debt for education.

            HAVE A NICE DAY

          • RLTMLT

            If it didn’t contain a four letter word starting with “N” that was the ruling party in 1933 Germany, then it’s been trashed ! So much for free speech in 2016 !

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