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U of M grad assistants vote down unionization

March 26, 2012

University of Minnesota graduate assistants elected to remain in their non-union status, voting down union representation by United Auto Workers of America (UAW/GSWU). The on-site election, which took place March 19-23, affects over 4,000 graduate assistants on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses.

The university is pleased with the election outcome because it allows graduate assistants to continue to enjoy a competitive employment package without paying union dues or negotiating through a third party. The decision supports the partnership between graduate students and their faculty mentors and allows the colleges continued flexibility to offer packages that are most appropriate for their individual employee groups.

In a memo to all graduate assistants announcing the election result, Kathryn Brown, vice president for the Office of Human Resources, thanked all employees who participated in the election. “Graduate assistants are vital to the education, research and outreach mission of the university," she said. "The university has done and will continue to do everything possible to ensure a flourishing graduate assistant program. Now that the vote is behind us, we are ready to work together with you to continue that legacy.”

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