On August 23, the NLRB found in a 3-1 decision that graduate and undergraduate student teaching and research assistants at private colleges and schools are “employees” under the NLRA. The Board’s decision in Columbia University overrules its 2004 decision in Brown University. The Columbia majority proclaimed that the Brown decision “deprived an entire category of workers of the protections of the Act without a convincing justification.” One might ask — convincing to whom — especially when the students perhaps find themselves no longer “student assistants” but merely “students” again without pay and tuition waivers, as colleges and universities realize that the “employee” status perhaps presents more trouble for the institutions’ educational missions than it is worth.