UVM Staffers Vote For Union Representation

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Hundreds of University of Vermont employees have voted in favor of union representation but haven't given a clear majority to either union on the ballot.

Technicians, research and library support staffers and other workers cast ballots on Tuesday and Wednesday on whether they wanted to organize and, if so, whether they wanted to join a union affiliated with the Vermont NEA teachers' union or a group based at UVM called United Staff. The votes were counted on Wednesday night.

The vote for union representation was 339-278, UVM finance and administration vice president Richard Cate said in an emailed statement. The results become official in 10 business days, and then the state Labor Relations Board will begin scheduling a runoff election to decide which union or neither union, he said.

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