UMN graduate assistants: No union for us, thanks

Just in from the Minnesota Daily:

Graduate assistants at the University of Minnesota voted against forming a union 1,857 to 1,142, according to results released by the Bureau of Mediation Services Monday.

Read the (short) article here.


Those initial numbers are right.

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In last week's voting, 62 percent of those who cast ballots rejected the formation of a union.

About two-thirds of all graduate assistants voted.

Unionization movement spokesman Scott Thaller a research assistant in physics, says he's disappointed -- but believes the drive will have implications for any future unionization efforts.

He told me:

"The concept of having a greater voice or a seat at the table where these decisions are made, I think we certainly raised people's awareness of that."