University of Minnesota graduate assistants voted down a move that would have unionized them, the fourth since 1990, according to the Pioneer Press.
The university says that about 68 percent of about 4,400 eligible graduate student workers at both the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses voted no last week, reported the Pioneer Press.
The results were released Monday with 1,857 against forming a union and 1,142 for a union, according to the Star Tribune.
The union would have allowed graduate assistants to negotiate working conditions with a level playing field, said the Pioneer Press.
The push to form a union was helped by the United Auto Workers of America, said the Star Tribune.
The university strongly opposed the unionization of the graduate assistants. University President Eric Kaler said that the current practice of working out employment terms between the assistants and their departments has worked well, reported the Pioneer Press.
About 25 campuses around the nation have recognized graduate assistant unions, reported the Pioneer Press.