UVM Staff Vote Whether to Join Union

Sep 19, 2012

About 800 staff workers at the University of Vermont are voting on whether to join a union.

Technicians, research and library support staff and others cast ballots on Tuesday and Wednesday on whether they want to organize and, if so, whether they want to join a union affiliated with the Vermont NEA teachers' union or a group based at UVM called United Staff. The vote are expected to be counted Wednesday night.

The elections cover non-exempt UVM workers — meaning those who can get overtime pay — who aren't already represented by unions.

NEA spokesman Darren Allen says the effort is likely to be followed by a separate organizing push to cover about 700 additional UVM professionals who are exempt from getting overtime pay.

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