County employees to vote on unioBy Times staff writer
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published March 20, 2003
The state Public Employees Relations Commission has directed its election division to set a date for employees of Hernando County to cast ballots on whether to form a union.
According to union organizers, a vote usually takes place within 30 days of such an order, but may take longer in Hernando County's case because employees in other Florida cities and counties are also preparing to vote on unionization in the near future. The PERC elections division was told Monday to set a date.
County employees, charging favoritism and arbitrary discipline in the workplace, first petitioned the state for a vote in November, but had been organizing months before that. County officials have spoken out against the effort, saying disputes can be resolved without union intervention.
Of the county's 720 employees, 502, both blue- and white-collar, have been approved to vote in the election by the state. The county's blue-collar workers voted on whether to unionize in 1999. The effort failed 99-69.
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