Graduate students at private universities who grade papers, teach classes and perform similar tasks are workers.

So the National Labor Relations Board essentially decided when it withdrew a proposed Trump-era rule March 15 that would have classified private-university students who are paid for education-related work as non-employees under Federal law and therefore are not subject to NLRB oversight, Inside Higher Ed reported.

The NLRB has issued several competing opinions on the issue in the last few decades.

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