University of Chicago grad students vote to unionize
Graduate students at the University of Chicago have voted to form a union, despite efforts from the school to delay the vote.
After balloting Tuesday and Wednesday, the National Labor Relations Board tallied 1,103 votes for the union and 479 against. There were 149 challenged ballots.
The university has argued that the graduate students are primarily students rather than employees. The school later asked the NLRB to postpone the unionization vote and review its decision to allow an election.
The NLRB has not ruled on that request.
Though they were met with challenges along the way, the graduate students spoke with their votes, said Daniela Palmer, a 27-year-old pursuing her doctorate in evolutionary biology.
“The research and teaching that we do is essential to the functioning of the university, much like at all the other research and teaching institutions,” she said. “Students obviously recognize that.”
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