Graduate student workers at the University of Minnesota voted against forming a union, the Minnesota Daily reported.
According to the Daily, about 62 percent of voters decided against forming the union. About 68 percent of the 4,400 eligible graduate student workers cast votes during last week's election.
For the past two years, graduate student workers have been organizing on campus. They collected signatures from more than 30 percent of graduate workers in order to put the union to a vote.
This was the state's largest public union election in years and the fourth try at unionizing the U's graduate assistants since 1990. The last two elections, in 1999 and 2005, were closer calls, the Star Tribune reported.
According to the Star Tribune, University administrators said in a statement that they were "pleased" with the outcome of the election. They said the vote "allows the colleges continued flexibility to offer packages that are most appropriate for their individual employee groups."