Something new and something better. That’s what’s being prommised to state employees by the first union to file petitions asking for a unionizing vote. The first group to get enough petitions asking for a vote is made up of 2,000 case managers in employment security, workforce development, and probation and parole. The Service Employees International Union hopes the workers will vote to let the union bargain collectively for them. The state has about 60,000 employees. This first organizational effort affects about 2,000 of them. Health care workers will be the next targets of organizing efforts.
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