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NLRB Region 18 Announces Results in Colectivo Election

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Minneapolis, MN – Region 18 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) completed a vote count today in a union election involving employees at Colectivo Coffee choosing whether or not to be represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). After counting the ballots earlier this year, the election was tied 99–99 for and against the Petitioner (IBEW), and 16 challenged ballots remained. Regional Director Jennifer Hadsall recently ruled that seven of the challenged ballots could be counted. The Tally of Ballots shows the following uncertified results: 

Total number of eligible voters 


Number of void ballots     


Number of votes cast for the Petitioner, the IBEW


Number of votes cast against participating labor organization     


Number of undetermined challenged ballots   


Number of valid votes counted


Number of valid votes counted plus challenged ballots 


Number of sustained challenges (voters ineligible)


Challenges are not sufficient in number to affect the results of the election.

A majority of the valid votes counted plus challenged ballots has been cast for the Petitioner, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

The ballot count was conducted by NLRB Region 18 employees at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Subregional Office. The results of this count will not be certified until the Region processes any objections filed by the parties contesting the conduct or results of the election. Both parties currently have objections pending with the Region.


Established in 1935, the National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency that protects employees, employers, and unions from unfair labor practices and protects the right of private sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve wages, benefits and working conditions. The NLRB conducts hundreds of workplace elections and investigates thousands of unfair labor practice charges each year. Region 18 serves areas in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin from its Regional Office in Minneapolis and its Subregional Office in Milwaukee.