UC administrative professionals resoundingly rejected union representation in an election that ended March 3.

The mail-in election conducted by the California Public Employment Relations Board received 8,127 ballots – a 70 percent turnout. Of those, 5,309 votes, or 65 percent, were against accepting the University Professional and Technical Employees union’s bid to represent the workers in negotiations with the University.

Employees involved in the election included accountants, statisticians, customer service representatives, counselors and others from throughout the UC system. UPTE already represents about 10,000 UC technical, research and medical professionals.

The University of California Office of the President had no official comment on the results and said before the election that it neither supported nor opposed unionization.