Our Union Election: An Update

Dear Colleague,

We’d like to offer a quick update on the current status of our union election. Unfortunately, we do not have final results to report.

Duke University administrators, through their lawyers, have questioned our well-established right to a union election and sought lengthy delays at nearly every step of the process — and that extended to Friday’s vote count.

The University challenged hundreds of ballots at the National Labor Relations Board office in Winston Salem on February 24, putting the results of our election, and many of our votes, in limbo. We are upset, but not surprised. More importantly we remain upbeat. Despite these indeterminate election results, we are determined to keep building our union, and to organize to raise standards on campus.

Over the past several months, many of us have worked very hard to build a real voice for ourselves and join with other graduate students around the country who are uniting with SEIU. This news doesn’t change the course we are on. We’ll keep fighting to build our union. We’re resolved to change the status quo by working with Duke faculty and graduate workers across the country to raise standards in higher education.

The fact that we have come this far, and seen as much unity and passion as we have over the past few months has been itself an inspiration. We’ve had the opportunity to talk to each other, to learn from each other, and to empathize with each others’ struggles. As we wait for the voting results, we remain united and full of hope.

Join us on Wednesday, March 1st as we rally for our vote and our future! We’ll gather outside the Allen Building at 4:15 pm with faculty, undergraduates and other supporters and mark the next chapter of our campaign, which is to demand that our voices be heard.

Finally, to those of you who had misgivings about forming a union. This is your union election, too, and we hope that you will agree with us — Duke University shouldn’t hide behind an anti-democratic legal strategy to silence our voices.

If you are interested in becoming actively involved in any way, please let us know.

In solidarity,

DGSU Organizing Committee