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Birnie Bus workers’ vote to unionize rescheduled to Nov. 8

Posted 11/2/19

A vote by about 250 Birnie Bus Service Inc. employees in Utica on whether to unionize and join the CSEA (Civil Service Employees Association) that had been scheduled Friday was delayed due to an …

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Birnie Bus workers’ vote to unionize rescheduled to Nov. 8

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A vote by about 250 Birnie Bus Service Inc. employees in Utica on whether to unionize and join the CSEA (Civil Service Employees Association) that had been scheduled Friday was delayed due to an administrative error, the CSEA said.

The new date is Friday, Nov. 8, from 7:30-11 a.m. and from 12:30-6 p.m. at the training room adjacent to the driver’s lounge at the Birnie facility at 2245 Dwyer Ave., Utica, according to the union.

Regarding the error, the CSEA said that at the start of the campaign, the employer, union and the organizing workers agreed to which titles would be included in the bargaining unit, including school bus drivers. Under regulations, the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) must post an election notice detailing the titles that will be included in the bargaining unit at least three days in advance of an election. But on Tuesday this week, the NLRB issued the required election notice with the bus driver title excluded, said the union. A new election notice will be posted that includes all of the agreed-upon titles.

The CSEA said it did not want to proceed with the election until the error was resolved, as it could be confusing and sway the results of the vote. The secret-ballot vote is to involve school bus drivers, monitors, dispatchers and other employees, the union has said.

The unionization vote does not involve other Birnie employees besides the Utica facility, according to the CSEA. Birnie has 16 locations throughout the state, according to its website, including in Rome.

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