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COMPLAINT FILED OVER REJECTION OF UNIONIZATION

The Civil Service Employees Association is not giving up in its attempt to organize employees of The Resource Center.

CSEA regional organizer Thomas Mullen Wednesday said the union will lodge a protest with the National Labor Relations Board.

"We have seven days from the election to file the protest, and another seven days to bring forth the particulars. Our attorneys will file the initial notification either today or tomorrow," Mullen said.

Workers at The Resource Center last Thursday voted down a plan to organize with the CSEA. The vote was 267 to 139.

If the NLRB upholds the union's protest, it could order a new election.

"There are three unfair labor charges pending," Mullen said. "They are being investigated currently by the Labor Board. Also there was conduct in the last several weeks of the campaign regarding captive-audience meetings where anti-union movies were shown and comments made by supervisors."

The Resource Center discounted those allegations after the election. Human Resources Director Carol Svenson-Smith admitted TRC management did try to make its position clear but said it did not act improperly.

The union is also naming a local newspaper in its protest.

"The Jamestown Post Journal published an article the day before the election that was very damaging, in our view, as to our ability to have a fair election. It was a very slanted article against the CSEA's position, and we had no opportunity to respond," Mullen said.

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