Despite an overwhelming vote against unionizing employees of The Resource Center in Chautauqua County, the Civil Service Employees Association may file a protest.
TRC employees Thursday voted 267 to 139 against labor representation by the CSEA.
The results were good news for Resource Center management.
"We're delighted with the outcome," said Executive Director Paul Cesana. "We made a concentrated effort to communicate to all employees our belief that it is in the best interests of everyone, employees and individuals with disabilities who receive our services, for our agency to continue to operate in a union-free environment."
Some employees were disappointed. Darryl Sisak complained of low pay and said, "I just want to make a living for my family and to provide for my kids."
Resource Center employees rejected an earlier unionization attempt several years ago.
CSEA regional organizer Tom Mullen accused the agency of unfair tactics.
"They violated the 24-hour cooling off period before the vote. They forced employees to watch anti-union videos, and they distributed false information," Mullen said. "We are considering protesting the election."
The CSEA has five working days to decide whether it will file an official protest.