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NLRB election set for Duke graduate workers

Jeremy Sprinkle
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Ballots will be mailed Jan. 31, counted Feb. 21

Duke Graduate Students Union announced on Facebook this week that they have secured dates for their NLRB-supervised union election!

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We’re writing to give you an important update on the status of our union election. After months of the Duke administration and their lawyers trying to block our vote, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided today that we have the right to form a union! We are pleased to announce the dates for our union election with the NLRB. The NLRB will send mail-in ballots to your home address on January 31st and will count them at their offices in Winston-Salem on February 21st. In this upcoming union election, the eligible participants are PhD students who provide instructional or research services. You will hear from us again with more details in the coming weeks.

To commit to vote yes, we ask that you sign our Vote Yes letter today.

The Duke Graduate Students Union remains committed to bettering the conditions of all graduate student workers at Duke University, whether they are eligible for this particular union or not. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. We are eager to win our union and work together to improve working and learning conditions at Duke!

Grad union members will hold a "Sushi Social" Jan. 24 in Durham to celebrate finally securing election dates and to address questions about the union and the process. Community supporters are welcome to attend. Get more info and RSVP on Facebook.

Post image from Duke Graduate Students Union Facebook page.