Graduate student union election dates and locations announced

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The dates, times and locations for the Penn State graduate student union election have been released by the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB). The full election order is available to view online at

The PLRB has directed that the election will occur over six days in April; four at the University Park campus and one day each at the Penn State College of Medicine at Hershey and at the Harrisburg campus, respectively. Please note, the PLRB's rules and regulations do not provide for the filing of absentee ballots.

Election dates, locations and times

The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board will be conducting the election. Voters should be prepared to show their Penn State Student ID card when checking in to vote at campus polling locations.

Eligible University Park, College of Medicine and Harrisburg students may vote at any campus location on the date(s) listed below.

University Park Campus

  • April 10
    • Voting times: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Location: Bennett Pierce Living Center (110 Henderson Building)
  • April 11
    • Voting times: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Location: Charles W. Mann, Jr. Assembly Room (103 Paterno Library)
  • April 12
    • Voting times: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Location: Charles W. Mann, Jr. Assembly Room (103 Paterno Library)
  • April 13
    • Voting times: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Location: Millennium Science Complex (Rooms W203 and W202)

Penn State College of Medicine

  • April 16
    • Voting times: noon to 4 p.m.
    • Location: Biomedical Research Building (Room C-1845), 500 University Drive, Biomedical Research Building, Hershey, PA 17033

Harrisburg campus

  • April 17
    • Voting times: 3 to 6 p.m.
    • Location: Morrison Gallery, 101 Penn State Harrisburg Library, 351 Olmstead Drive, Middletown, PA 17057

All eligible graduate students are encouraged to vote in the election. Remember, a simple majority of those who actually vote will determine the result for the nearly 3,800 graduate students in the bargaining unit (e.g., if only 100 vote, and the union gets 51 votes, everyone would be in the bargaining unit and could not choose to opt out).

All graduate assistants (teaching and research assistants) and trainees are encouraged to get the facts, avoid misinformation, consider all points of view, and form their own opinions. 

Questions should be directed to [email protected]. Additional resources about the upcoming election are available at