U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a former college president, issued the following statement today regarding the National Labor Relations Board’s decision that graduate students can unionize at private colleges. 

“This misguided, politically-driven decision re-writes the law by changing the meaning of words that were passed by Congress. That’s not the NLRB’s job. The ruling misunderstands both the nature of representative government and the teacher-student relationship: labor laws should be debated by the American people’s representatives in Congress and educators should put students ahead of politics. This adds another layer of complexity to the challenge of reforming higher education.”