GSU relented to the university’s request and have changed their election petition! Originally they requested the NLRB conduct a mail in ballot vote on the union over the summer, while most students were off campus. Now they have changed their request to an in person election during the fall quarter, likely October.
An in person election means that Graduate students in the bargaining unit (the composition of which has yet to be confirmed by the NLRB) will vote in one of a few voting locations around campus over the course of a few days. Each student can only cast a ballot for them selves with their physical presence. Students away at conferences or visiting home can not cast an absentee ballot.
It is my personal opinion that due to the tumultuous issue of constantly changing mailing addresses and off campus summer work, the in person election during the fall quarter will likely allow more students to vote than the summer mail in ballot would have. Similarly it has been my experience as a student organizer and the experience of other student organizers I know, that the most effective way to reach U of C students is through signs hung in popular places. I don’t know why this is more effective than social media but for Uchicago its what works. The in person election allows students to be notified of the election via signage all over campus which I think will result in a larger voter turn out.