The election to decide whether the Service Employees International Union would represent Duke Ph.D. students is inconclusive.
Of the 1,089 ballots cast, 691 voted against representation (“NO”) by SEIU and 398 for representation by SEIU (“YES”). There were, however, 502 ballots challenged based on issues of voter eligibility. Because the number of challenged ballots is greater than the spread between the “YES” and “NO” votes, the challenges could determine the outcome and will be subject to post-election procedures of the NLRB.
Officials say it could be some time before there is a final outcome as the process to review and resolve the challenge ballots moves forward.