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WARREN Court workers to vote on union



Published: Fri, June 1, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Both municipal court judges said it is premature to say what they will do.

By PEGGY SINKOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

WARREN -- Warren Municipal Court employees are scheduled to vote today on whether they want to join a union.

The vote does not mean the 21 employees will automatically become union members but it will determine how many employees want to do so, court officials said.

If the majority want to join a union, the court's two judges will decide if they will recognize the employees' right to unionize.

Court officials said that according to state law, if the judges decide they won't recognize a union, the employees will not be able to unionize.

Decline to speak: Judges Thomas Gysegem and Terry Ivanchak declined to say if they would allow the employees to unionize.

"Right now it's an internal matter," Judge Gysegem said. "I think it would be premature to discuss anything at this point."

The municipal court employees have never been union members.

Several employees declined to discuss the matter Thursday, saying they wanted to wait until after the vote.

Court officials said most municipal courts, such as Warren where the clerk is appointed, do not have unions.

If a majority of employees decide they want to unionize, they will have to decide which union to join.

Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents some city employees, will be in the building when the voting takes place, but court officials said employees can choose another union if they want.




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