Harvard Grad Student Unionization Vote Too Close to Call
“The National Labor Relations Board will hold hearings”
The people who voted no are in the majority but there are multiple votes being challenged. We all know what that means, right?
The Harvard Crimson reported:
BREAKING: Harvard Student Unionization Vote Remains Too Close To Call
The National Labor Relations Board will hold hearings to determine the fate of Harvard’s student unionization effort after a vote count Thursday morning showed that the election—which currently indicates that more eligible students voted against forming a union than for it—remains too close to call.
According to NLRB deputy regional attorney Robert P. Redbord, 1,456 students voted “no” to forming a union, compared to 1,272 voting yes.
But Redbord said 314 ballots remain under challenge. Challenged ballots were set aside and not initially included in the count because of questions about the voters’ eligibility. Because these ballots could numerically swing the election, the final result could not be determined Thursday.
“The vote is so close that the number of challenges could determine the outcome of the election,” Redbord said.
Thousands of eligible graduate and undergraduate teaching and research assistants voted in the historic Nov. 16 and 17 election—the first union election on a private university campus since the August NLRB decision recognized these students as workers under the law.
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