Graduate Union Election Tentatively Scheduled For April

Dates are tentatively set for Penn State’s graduate union election. Penn State’s Coalition of Graduate Employees and the university tentatively agreed when to hold the election, CGE announced Thursday night.

The elections at University Park will be held Tuesday through Friday, April 10-13. Students at Hershey Medical can vote on Monday, April 16, while students at Penn State Harrisburg can vote on Tuesday, April 17. More details about polling locations and times will be released after the official Order from the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.

“We are thrilled to finally have a vote,” CGE Co-President Jerome Clarke said in the release. “This has been years in the making, and we’re looking forward to voting for our union.”

Pennsylvania’s Labor Relations Board ruled in February that Penn State’s graduate students are considered employees and are therefore entitled to unionize if they so choose. As Provost Nick Jones explained last week at a Board of Trustees committee meeting, the university believes unionization would not best serve the needs of Penn State’s graduate students in pursuing their future academic and professional endeavors.

Jones also said the graduate school was preparing a list of eligible voters and would notify those who are eligible via email. The university encourages graduate students to get the facts and avoid misinformation, consider all points of view, and vote in the election.