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Birnie Bus workers in Utica vote against unionizing

Posted 11/12/19

Birnie Bus Service Inc. employees in Utica on Friday voted against unionizing and joining the CSEA (Civil Service Employees Association), according to the union. About 250 employees were involved in …

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Birnie Bus workers in Utica vote against unionizing

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Birnie Bus Service Inc. employees in Utica on Friday voted against unionizing and joining the CSEA (Civil Service Employees Association), according to the union.

About 250 employees were involved in the vote. The tally was not immediately available.

"It’s unfortunate that Birnie management would ignore the calls from workers and the community they serve to work together to address the issues that affect our children, and put all their energy and taxpayers money into a campaign to beat back their employees' attempts to make Birnie a better company for the people they serve," the CSEA said in a statement.

However, in a statement prior to the election, Pennsylvania-based Krapf Bus Companies which acquired Birnie Bus two years ago said it believed a majority of the employees would not support the union. It also said Birnie takes pride in its service.

The vote did not involve other Birnie employees besides the Utica site.

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