Finalizing the List of Eligible Voters in Union Election

By | January 25, 2017

Dear Ph.D. Students,

We have finalized the list of eligible voters as defined by the National Labor Relations Board for the election to determine whether a majority of Ph.D. students who hold teaching or research appointments wish to be represented by the Service Employees International Union.

We have just over 2,380 Ph.D. students in The Graduate School, and about 2,000 of them meet the eligibility criteria to vote in the election. The voting unit as requested by the SEIU includes students “working toward Ph.D. degrees offered by the Duke Graduate School and who are employed by Duke University to provide instructional services in the undergraduate or graduate-level courses or labs (including, but not limited to, Teaching Assistants, Graduate Assistants, Instructors, and Graders) or to provide research services (including but not limited to Research Assistants and Graduate Assistants).”

Those who meet this description and received a 12-month stipend this semester or a nine-month stipend during Spring 2016, Fall 2016, or Spring 2017 will be eligible to vote.

An email was just sent to those who are eligible to vote in the election. If you did not receive an email confirming your status as eligible to vote and have questions about your eligibility, please contact The Graduate School at

The list of eligible voters will be submitted to the National Labor Relations Board late today. This is the list that the NLRB will use to mail out ballots on Feb. 3. We are also required by law to submit the list with your contact information to the SEIU, so eligible voters may be contacted or receive communications directly from union representatives.

Thank you.

Paula D. McClain, Ph.D.
Dean of The Graduate School and
Vice Provost for Graduate Education