2014 BDS Vote

On December 4, 2014, our Local voted on a resolution concerning participation in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.


A majority of those voting voted to ratify the proposed resolution. Out of a total of 2168 votes cast, the total vote counts were:

Yes: 1411 (65%)
No: 749 (35%)

In addition, 1136 members pledged to personally adhere to the academic boycott. The vote totals broken down by campus are:

Berkeley ballots cast: 721
Yes: 506
No: 214
Personal Pledge: 397

Davis ballots cast: 203
Yes: 167
No: 36
Personal Pledge: 127

Irvine ballots cast: 141
Yes: 55
No: 86
Personal Pledge: 46

Los Angeles ballots cast: 525
Yes: 305
No: 218
Personal Pledge: 238

Merced ballots cast: 1
This ballot was counted with the Riverside ballots to respect the anonymity of the Merced voter.

Riverside ballots cast: 127
Yes: 91
No: 36
Personal Pledge: 75

San Diego ballots cast: 149
Yes: 121
No: 27
Personal Pledge: 110

Santa Barbara ballots cast: 180
Yes: 84
No: 95
Personal Pledge: 70

Santa Cruz ballots cast: 121
Yes: 82
No: 37
Personal Pledge: 73

A full report on the vote can be found here.

The Ballot

The resolution ballot consists of two parts. The first part is a vote on whether our Local should join the BDS movement. The second is an option to make an anonymous, individual commitment to participate in the academic boycott. For the full text of the ballot, see the sample ballot here.

Polling Locations and Times

The polling times and places for the vote are:

12/4, 10am-6pm: Sather Gate
12/4, 10:30am-1:30pm: Evans Hall, Outside East Entrance
12/4, 2pm-5pm: Tolman Hall, Outside Near Breezeway

12/4, 10am-6pm: Memorial Union, Along the Quad
12/4, 10am-6pm: Silo
12/4, 10am-6pm: King Hall

12/4, 10am-1pm: On Ring Road in Front of FRH
12/4, 2pm-5pm: On Ring Road in Front of SST
12/4, 6pm-8pm: On Pedestrian Bridge to Palo Verde

12/4, 10am-6pm: Young Research Library, Front Steps
12/4, 10am-6pm: Court of Sciences

12/4, 12pm-4pm: Lantern

12/4, 9am-5pm: Bell Tower
12/4, 9:30am-4pm: Bytes Eatery
12/4, 10am-4:30pm: HMNSS

SAN DIEGO (please note the extended hours)
12/4, 9am-7pm: AP&M (between Applied Physics and Math and Muir Biology)

12/4, 9am-6pm: Arbor

12/4, 10am-4pm: Graduate Student Commons
12/4, 10am-4pm: In Front of Science and Engineering Library (on “Science Hill”)

Absentee or electronic voting is not available for this vote. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.


Statement in favor of the resolution, submitted by the BDS Caucus

Statement opposed to the resolution, submitted by Informed Grads

Additional statements from members and member organizations regarding this vote can be found here.

Rules for the Vote

Campaigners and members should keep in mind the following rules that apply to every vote that our Local conducts:

* All members have a right to securely cast a secret ballot.
* No campaigning is permitted within 20 feet of any polling place.
* Harassment or intimidation in any form are unacceptable and have no place in our democratic process.
* Our Local is strictly committed to opposing all forms of discrimination, including discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, or ethnicity.

More Information

If you have questions or comments about the logistics of the vote, please contact the Elections Committee at elections@uaw2865.org.