NUGW Union Election Basics
We are having an election to ratify our Union and secure our collective power!
Come out and Vote YES for NUGW-UE on Jan 10 and Jan 11, 2023!
This is our chance to secure our collective power and earn real wins for grad workers!
Voting times and locations depend on your program, so make sure you plan to go to the right location and at a time that location is open!
Lets build some good voting plans!
The ballot will consist of a simple Yes/No option for the question "Do you wish to be represented for the purpose of collective bargaining by United Election, Radio, And Machine Workers of America (UE)?". This is the full name of UE, the national union that NUGW affiliated with in Fall of 2022.
Placing an X in the "YES" option will help us secure our union and start to make real wins for graduate workers.
Be careful not to add any additional markings to the ballot. Just place an X in the appropriate square to make your choice.
All voting must be done in person.
Evanston will have two polling locations:
North Campus -- Classroom 2210 in Mudd Library
South Campus -- Room 122 Parkes Hall
Chicago will have one polling location:
Room 1-165 (Gray Seminar Room) Lurie Medical Research Center
You will be assigned a polling location based on your academic program.
Graduate workers in the following academic programs will vote in Mudd Library (Evanston North):
- Accounting Information and Management
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Communication Studies/Rhetoric and Public Culture
Computer Science and Learning Sciences
Earth and Planetary Sciences
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics
Human Development and Social Policy
Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences (IEMS)
Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences (IBiS)
MA Public Policy & Admin
MA Sports Admin
Management and Organizations and Sociology (MORS)
Management and Orgnizations
Managerial Economics and Strategy
Master Bus Admin/Artificial Int
Master Bus. Admin
Master of Engineering Management
Materials Science and Engineering
Media, Technology, and Society
MS Artificial Intelligence
MS Computer Info Systems
MS Data Science
MS Energy and Sustainability
MS Executive Management Design and Construction
MS Global Health
MS Health analytics
MS in Design
MS Information design & strategy
MS Information systems
MS Information Technology
MS Management Studies
MS Medical informatics
MS predictive analytics
MS Product Design & Development
MS Project Management
MS Regulatory compliance
Physics and Astronomy
Plant Biology and Conservation
Technology and Social Behavior
Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
Graduate workers in the following academic programs will vote in Parkes Hall (Evanston South):
- Acting MFA
African American Studies
Art, Theory, Practice
Comparative Literary Studies
Doctor of Musical Arts
Documentary Media MFA
French and Italian
German Literature and Critical Thought
MA Creative writing
MA Liberal studies
MA Sound arts & Industries
Master of Music
MFA creative writing
MFA prose and poetry
MFA-MA Creative Writing & English
Slavic Languages and Literatures
Spanish and Portuguese
Theater and Drama
Graduate workers in the following academic programs will vote in Lurie (Chicago)
- Driskill Graduate Program (DGP)
Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (NUIN)
Medical Scientist Training Program
Health Sciences Integrated PhD
MA, Public Policy & Administration
MA, Sports Adminstration
MS, Computer Info Systems
MS, Data Science
MS, Global Health
MS, Health Analytics
MS, Health Informatics
MS, Information Design & Strategy
MS, Information Systems
MS, Medical Informatics
MS, Predictive Analytics
MS, Regulatory Compliance
MA, Liberal Studies
MA, Creative Writing
MFA, Creative Writing
MFA, Prose and Poetry
For the Evanston NORTH Campus polls are open from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Jan 10 and Jan 11, 2023
For the Evanston SOUTH Campus polls are open from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm* and 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm* on Jan 10 and Jan 11, 2023
On Chicago Campus polls are open from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm on Jan 10 and Jan 11, 2023
* Note that these hours are slightly shorter than the North Evanston Campus polling hours.
You can vote in this election if you are a graduate student currently enrolled in a Northwestern University degree program who is providing instructional and research services for the university, including graduate assistants, teaching assistants, research assistants, and fellows. If you believe you fall into this definition, you should vote on election day. If you aren’t sure if you fall into this definition, you should still vote on election day. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.
The election is run by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
The election rules, logistics, and timing are ultimately set by the NLRB rules.
Polling places will be run by NLRB staff, and ballots will only ever be viewed or counted by NLRB workers.
You will wait in line at your designated polling place.
Once you enter the line you are guaranteed to vote! Do not leave the line if one of the poll close times is close! If you are in the line, stay in the line!
An NLRB poll worker will ask you your name and check it against the unchallenged voter list. Regardless of the result you are allowed to vote!
You will then fill out a ballot asking if you support NUGW-UE as your representative for contract negotiation, enabling us to fight for:
- Competitive Pay
- Comprehensive healthcare
- Professional standards in labs and classrooms
- Support for international students
- Power and Protection at work
- and more
Your ballot will then be collected by the poll worker and placed into an unchallenged or challenged vote list.
Unchallenged votes will be counted on election day.
Challenged votes will possibly be opened at a future date.
Only the NLRB will know how you voted.
To give yourself the smoothest experience:
- Attend your department's polling location
- Stay in line until you cast your vote!
These cases can get a bit complicated. Reach out to one of your department organizers or email email@example.com and we can get you a clear answer!
We are setting up some carpools and other transport options to help folks get out and vote!
Reach out to your department organizer or email firstname.lastname@example.org for full details