Charter school jurisdiction can be tricky. Are they exempt from federal labor law? Or are they not? The answer, it seems, depends. In the most recent case of a charter school in Louisiana, the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that – no, they are not exempt and they must recognize and bargain with their union.

On the collegiate level, Columbia University postdoctoral workers and associate research scientists voted to unionize. Georgetown graduate students will cast their votes in early November. And Tufts graduate students just nailed down their first labor contract.