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Hospital workers OK union representation


The Communications Workers of America (CWA) yesterday won unanimous approval to serve as the bargaining unit for 26 workers at the Middlesex County Hospital for the Chronically Ill.  The vote means The union will represent 40 blue-collar workers at the county-run institution at the Routes 1-130 traffic circle in North Brunswick.

Edward Schultz, international representative for the CWA, said the union will set a date to meet with the county’s negotiating unit to begin work on the hospital’s first labor contract. But first, he said, union members will meet to draw up a list
of terms for which they will negotiate.

The outcome of yesterday’s special election by the Public Employe Relations Commission really was not in doubt. Last month, blue-collar workers at the hospital voted to join the union, but the Middlesex County Welfare Board, which administers the hospital, requested a second election to ensure that the choice was made voluntarily.

Those to be represented by the CWA are; licensed practical nurses, attendants, cooks, food-service workers, building service and building maintenance workers and guards.

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