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Emerson College employees vote to form union

A group of about 70 Emerson College clerical, technical and professional employees voted Tuesday to form a union with the Service Employees International Union Local 888.

The vote comes a month after another group in Emerson’s academic affairs unit also voted to form a union with the SEIU. In total, the newly formed unions have 150 members.

The workers who voted Tuesday were split into four bargaining units: communications and marketing; institutional advancement; information technology; and diversity and inclusion. Because the diversity and inclusion group vote ended in a tie after a ballot challenge, the outcome will be decided at a later date.


The elections were supervised by the National Labor Relations Board.

Emerson College said in a statement that it is “looks forward to entering into a collective bargaining process” with the newly-elected unions.

The members next will elect a representative from among the group to join a bargaining committee within the SEIU in order to negotiate their first contract with Emerson College management.

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