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U of Minn. grad assistants reject unionization

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Graduate assistants at the University of Minnesota have again rejected a move to unionize them.

The university says about 68 percent of nearly 4,400 eligible graduate student workers voted last week. Results released Monday show 1,857 voted against forming a union while 1,142 voted in favor of a union.

The proposal was to form a union with help from United Auto Workers of America. It would have affected teaching and research assistants on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses.

Graduate students have been organizing on campus for the past two years.

There have been similar union drives in the past. The Minnesota Daily reports when University of Minnesota graduate student employees tried to form a union in 2004, they partnered with the United Electrical Workers.

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