Clerical, technical staff vote against union representation

Ohio University clerical and technical staff members declined union representation by a 90-vote margin March 4 and 5, marking the third time in 12 years the employees have turned down an opportunity to unionize.

The vote was 354 against representation by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees to 264 in favor of the union. Of the 645 employees eligible to vote on the Athens and regional campuses and at College of Osteopathic Medicine CORE sites around the state, 618 cast ballots.

"Our clerical and technical staff greatly contributes to the university's mission and climate of collegiablity, responsiveness and quality of work life," President Robert Glid den said after the vote was in. "The university administration will assimilate the information from the events of this past year to work closely with all of our employees."

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