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Election Process

Vote by June 17, 2022

The voting period is now open. Make sure you follow all directions on your ballot and return it by mail in time to arrive at the NLRB office no later than 5:00 pm Pacific Time on June 17, 2022.

Learn more about the union election process and timeline below.

NLRB Documents

Notice of Petition for election from the NLRB.

Stipulated Election Agreement from NLRB.

NLRB Notice of Election revised May 25, 2022.



The National Labor Relations Board will mail ballots at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 27.

Ballots must be returned by 5:00 pm Friday, June 17 to the NLRB office in Oakland, CA, to be counted.

Every vote is confidential.



If I signed a union card, will I have to vote for a union?

No. You can vote however you choose.

When will a vote happen?

The election will occur by mail. The National Labor Relations Board will mail ballots on Friday, May 27. Ballots must be returned by the end of the day, Friday, June 17 to be counted. Every vote is confidential.

Who gets to vote?

The University agreed to the proposed bargaining until put forth by the SEIU. As such, the following employees are permitted to vote

All full-time and regular part-time Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, Quarterly Adjunct Lecturers, Dean's Executive Professors, Professors of Practice, Adjunct Professors, and Academic Year Adjunct Lecturers employed by Santa Clara University at any time during the period from Summer 2021 through Spring 2022.

Who doesn't get to vote?

The following have been excluded from the bargaining unit and cannot vote:

All tenured faculty, members of a religious community and ordained clergy, Program Directors, Department Chairs, Promotion to Senior Lecturer Committees, tenure-track faculty, non-tenure track faculty in the School of Law, non-tenure-track faculty in the Jesuit School of Theology, faculty in Appointments-in Residence appointed under section, Visiting Faculty appointed under section, Postdoctoral Fellows appointed under section, trustees, officers, administrators, managers, confidential employees, office clerical employees, security guards, and supervisors as defined by the National Labor Relations Act.

How will the voting process work?

The vote will occur by mail. You will receive a ballot in the mail with instructions from the NLRB on how to complete your ballot. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU VOTE. This election will be determined by a simple majority of those who vote – no matter how small the voter turnout. Do not leave your voice/views to others. Details on the process and a sample ballot may be found here: NLRB Notice of Election.

What is the threshold to vote in a union?

All it takes is a simple majority. For example, if only 100 people vote, all it will take is a simple majority of those 100 to vote in a union. In that scenario, only 51 people will be making this historic decision for more than 500 bargaining unit members. THIS IS WHY IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU VOTE.

Given that this decision affects more than the non-tenure-track-faculty, do others get to vote?

Only members of the proposed bargaining unit are allowed to vote.

Who will oversee the process?

The National Labor Relations Board.

What rights do I have if a union is voted in but I don’t want to join?

All members of the collective bargaining unit will be represented by the union, whether you voted for it or not. What is not currently known is how the union will treat employees who do not want to join and pay dues. That is determined by whether this will be a union shop (where employees must join the union), an open shop (where employees do not have to join the union, which is common in “right to work” states, of which California is not) or an agency shop (where employees don’t have to join the union, but must still pay service fees). But regardless of what kind of shop it is, the union is still the official bargaining agent of all employees in the collective bargaining unit. The question was posed in the past as to whether the union expected that all bargaining unit members would be required to join the union. The SEIU representative answered “yes.”

What matters will be bargained over?

If a union is voted in, we would bargain over what are called “mandatory subjects of bargaining,” such as compensation and terms of employment, including schedules, work definitions, seniority provisions, and other matters. These are considered normal bargaining rights. As part of the current negotiations, we are discussing with the SEIU/organizing committee whether there are other matters that should also be covered under collective bargaining.