Information from the NLRB Regarding Union Election

Earlier this afternoon, the college received a formal decision and direction of election notice from the Region 01 office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The notice relates to the petition filed on October 8, by the Maine Service Employees Association, SEIU Local 1989, seeking to represent all non-tenure and non-tenure-track faculty, as well as all staff at Bates, who are not managers, confidential employees, guards, or supervisors.

The NLRB has determined that the bargaining unit at Bates will include the following groups of employees: “all non-tenure and non-tenure track faculty and all staff.” Bates employees excluded from the unit will be “all tenured and tenure track faculty, confidential employees, managers, guards, and supervisors” as defined in the National Labor Relations Act.

The election will be conducted by mail. The NLRB will mail ballots to the home addresses of all eligible voters at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 6, 2022. Those employees who believe that they are eligible to vote and do not receive a ballot in the mail by Thursday, January 13, 2022, should communicate immediately with the National Labor Relations Board by either calling the Region 01 Office at (617) 565-6700 or their national toll-free line at 1-844-762-NLRB (1-844-762-6572).

To count in this election, voters must return their mail ballots to the NLRB so that they are received in Boston by the close of business on Friday, January 28, 2022. Ballots will be counted virtually by a designated agent of the NLRB at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 31, 2022.

To answer questions about the election process and mail ballot procedures, the college will provide factual information via this website and email. 

If you have questions about the election, you may also contact the Region 01 office of the NLRB at (617) 565-6700 or visit their website at for assistance.

Voting is not mandatory, but the outcome of the election will be determined by a majority of those who vote. Everyone within the designated bargaining unit, whether they vote yes, no, or do not vote, will be bound by the outcome. The college strongly encourages every eligible employee to vote.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.