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Vermont home care workers vote to unionize

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Home care workers in Vermont have overwhelmingly voted to unionize.

In Thursday’s tally, 1,412 workers voted to organize while 566 were opposed. The 71 percent in favor easily surpassed the simple majority needed. There were 23 voided ballots.

The workers will organize under the umbrella of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Legislation passed this year allowed independent home care workers to unionize for purposes of negotiating with the state. The workers offer personal care and other services to elderly and disabled Vermonters in their homes.

Two unions — AFSCME and the Service Employees International Union — initially were vying to organize the home care workers, but SEIU withdrew.

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