Preliminary election results indicate graduate students voted against union

April 24, 2018

Today, April 24, 2018, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) tallied the ballots for the graduate student union election to determine if approximately 3,800 eligible Penn State graduate assistants and trainees will be represented by a union. The tally indicates that a majority of graduate students — who voted in person and by mail — voted to not be represented by a union. Out of the ballots cast, 1,438 students voted ‘no representative’ (no union) and 950 students voted for representation by the Coalition of Graduate Employees/Pennsylvania State Education Association.

The Graduate School is pleased that many graduate students made their voices heard by voting in the election. The Graduate School will continue to address areas of concern to graduate students through direct interaction and through regular coordination with the Graduate and Professional Students Association, which represents the interests of graduate and professional students throughout the University, including representation on Graduate Council, the Faculty Senate and the Board of Trustees.

Additional information about graduate student unionization will continue to be made available at and the Graduate School’s Twitter and Facebook. Questions should be directed to

Last Updated April 24, 2018