Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University graduate students vote to unionize

Loyola University graduate students vote to unionize

Graduate students working as teaching and research assistants at Loyola University Chicago have voted by a modest margin to unionize, marking one of the first grad student union elections since a major federal ruling concluded they are employees.

A ballot count Wednesday at the National Labor Relations Board's Chicago regional office revealed 59 percent of the 120 votes cast were in favor of joining Service Employees International Union Local 73, according to the union. About 210 graduate students who are part of the bargaining unit were eligible to vote.

The election is decided by the majority of ballots that are cast, though the union will represent all 210 in the unit,...

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