How do I vote?

Eligible voters will receive a mail ballot from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). For the official NLRB notice of election, which contains the definition of an eligible voter, please see this document, which also contains a sample ballot.
Your ballot will contain instructions on how to vote. The process is as follows.

  1. On your ballot, mark an X in the square of your choice. Make no other markings on your ballot.
  2. Place your ballot in the blue envelope and seal the blue envelope. Make no markings on the blue envelope.
  3. Place the blue envelope in the yellow envelope and seal the yellow envelope.
  4. Sign your name across the seal of the yellow envelope. This is necessary for your vote to be counted!
  5. The yellow envelope is postage-paid and requires no additional stamps. You may drop it in any US mailbox and it will be sent to the NLRB.

Your ballot must be received by the NLRB by 5pm on May 16, 2017. We recommend you mail your ballot by May 12 at the latest to ensure your vote is counted. If you are an eligible voter who has not received a ballot by May 8, please contact the NLRB directly.

General Information

On 23 August 2016, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that graduate research and teaching assistants at private universities qualify to organize under the National Labor Relations Act. This is a landmark decision, and thus the GSC is interested in keeping the graduate student community informed and involved throughout this process.

In service to helping the community understand the issues and perspectives regarding unionization at Tufts, we provide the following links.

  • The Tufts administration has provided an FAQ.
  • The organizers have provided an FAQ.

Please note that the GSC has no official opinion on the matter of unionization. We are not affiliated with any organizations, student-run or otherwise, which are involved in campaigning for or against unionization. However, we strongly encourage that all graduate students cast their vote in the upcoming election. The outcome of the election will be determined by a simple majority of those who voted, not by a majority of all Tufts graduate students. This makes it especially important that everyone exercises their right to vote.

Outside resources

The GSC has found the following resources to be useful in understanding the NLRB decision as well as the broader topic of unionization.


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