The Boston University Graduate Workers Union held an election filing block party at the College of Communication lawn on Oct. 18 to celebrate submitting 1,800 union authorization cards to the Boston office of the National Labor Relations Board.
The majority of graduate workers at BU have signed union authorization cards indicating their intention to join the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 509, according to a letter BUGWU sent to President Brown on Oct.11.
According to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board, if at least 30% of workers sign cards indicating they want a union, the NLRB will conduct an election to certify the union. Once a union is certified, the employer is required to bargain over its terms and conditions of employment with a union representative.
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley attended the block party and expressed her support for BUGWU, encouraging all students to stand up for their rights during her speech.