In response to a petition filed by the Service Employees International Union, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will conduct an election for adjunct, limited-term and visiting faculty members to determine whether those faculty members want exclusive SEIU representation.

The election will be conducted by U.S. Mail, with eligible voters receiving a voting kit containing a secret ballot from the NLRB. To cast a vote, eligible faculty must mark the official NLRB secret ballot and then return a completed ballot to the NLRB, which will then tally the votes and report the results of the election.

This is an important issue for Elon University faculty and the unionization question will be determined by a majority of those eligible voters who actually cast a ballot. If participation is low, just a few will determine the future for the faculty members the union is seeking to include in the bargaining unit. Remember, if a majority of those who cast ballots vote for union representation – the union becomes the exclusive bargaining representative for all eligible voters. As a consequence, we believe it is critical for all eligible voters to become informed and participate in this election.

Election Timeline

February 19, 2019

The National Labor Relations Board mails a voting kit to eligible voters. This kit contains the election ballot.

If you do not receive a ballot in the mail by Tuesday, February 26, or if you need your ballot sent to an alternative address, communicate immediately with the National Labor Relations Board by either calling the Region 10 Office at (404) 331-2896 or its national toll-free line at 1-844-762-NLRB (1-844-762-6572).

March 12, 2019

Completed ballots must be received by the NLRB by 2 p.m. on this day. If the ballot is not returned by this deadline, it will not be counted.

After the deadline, the NLRB will count the votes at its Region 10 office in Winston-Salem, N.C. The NLRB will then announce the results of the election.

Elon and the SEIU will send representatives to observe the ballot count, and eligible voters are welcome to view the count.

Educate Yourself

It’s important for eligible voters to become informed about how a faculty union might impact themselves and Elon. Visit these resources to learn more about the issues:

What is in the NLRB Voting Kit?

The voting kit you will receive by mail will contain:

  • One yellow, postage-paid envelope preprinted with an NLRB return address
  • One blue envelope marked “Official Secret Ballot”
  • A blank ballot
  • Instructions for filling out the ballot and returning it to the NLRB

How do I complete my ballot?

The ballot will ask the following question:

“Do you wish to be represented for purposes of collective bargaining by SEIU Workers United Southern Region?”

Your two choices will be:

You want to have SEIU Workers United Southern Region
as your exclusive bargaining representative.

You do not want the SEIU Workers United Southern Region
as your exclusive bargaining representative.


• Mark your choice with “X” on the ballot and then place the ballot into the blue “OFFICIAL SECRET BALLOT” envelope.

• Place the blue envelope into the yellow envelope addressed to the NLRB.

• Do not sign the ballot or the blue envelope.

• Sign the outside of the yellow envelope and mail it from a U.S. post office or mailbox.

You must sign the outside of the yellow envelope. This is how you “check in” to vote. Any ballot received in an envelope that is not signed will be void and will not be counted.

• Once each yellow envelope is identified by the signature as coming from a valid voter, it will be opened and the blue envelope with the secret ballot will be combined with all other ballots to ensure the anonymity of each vote.

• Do not put your signature anywhere other than on the outside of the yellow envelope, and do not show your ballot to anyone after you have marked it.

• A secret ballot election means no one will know how you voted unless you tell them.

• You do not have to register to vote or have signed a union authorization card to cast a ballot. All eligible voters have the legal right to vote for or against the union.

• Even if you signed a union authorization card, you are still free to vote against union representation.

Election Outcome

For the SEIU to be selected as the exclusive bargaining agent, a majority of the votes cast – not a majority of the total number of eligible voters — must be in favor of unionization. That means every eligible voter should vote so that a minority of eligible voters does not determine the future for the majority.