Students Against Duke Unionization Risks and uncertainties about the formation of a Duke graduate student union

Important Dates:

  • February 3rd, 10:00am - Ballots mailed to your address on file with Duke. (This is taken from your Duke@Work information and can be accessed in the "MyInfo" section, or the address on your DukeHub account if you are on a fellowship)
  • February 10th - contact Assistant Regional Director, Terry Combs ( - (470) 343-7477) if you have not receive a ballot by this date.
  • February 24th 10:00am – Ballots counted

How to Vote:

  • All voting is through mail-in ballots. Ballots must be filled out and received by February 24th to this address:
National Labor Relations Board, Region 10
233 Peachtree St NE,
Harris Tower Suite 1000,
Atlanta, GA 30303-1504. 
  • You must sign the outside of the envelope before mailing it for it to count.
  • A sample ballot appears below to give an idea of what the ballot will look like.

Voter Eligibility:

From the NLRB documentation:


Those eligible to vote are: All PhD students in Duke University departments housed at its campuses in Durham and Beaufort, North Carolina, who are working toward PhD degrees offered by the Duke Graduate School and who are employed by Duke University to provide instructional services in 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); who were employed by the Employer in the above described unit who: Receive a twelve month stipend and hold a unit position during the Spring 2017 semester, and/or Receive a nine- month stipend and hold or have held a unit position during the Spring 2016, Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 semesters."


Those not eligible to vote are: All students at Duke Kunshan University and Duke-NUS Medical School, all students not working towards PhD degrees offered by the Duke Graduate School and all other employees, guards and supervisors as defined in the Act."

Official documentation from the NLRB:

Last updated:  1/23/2017 1:08pm