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Four government employees join union

March 03, 1999

The number of Washington County government employees with union representation increased by four Tuesday.

Four weigh clerks voted unanimously Feb. 17 to be represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 67.

The County Commissioners passed a resolution at Tuesday's meeting recognizing AFSCME as the bargaining representative for the employees, who work in the solid waste department.

About 87 county employees from the solid waste, highway and county commuter departments pay dues to the union, said Human Resources Director Alan J. Davis.

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James Bestpitch, an AFSCME staff representative, predicted that other employees would hold union elections in the next few months.

The weigh clerks can use the union to collectively bargain for better benefits and working conditions, Bestpitch said.

Dennis Brown, one of the four weigh clerks, said they voted for union representation due to some problems in the department.

The clerks expect management to be more sensitive to their needs because of the union, he said. He said he did not want to be more specific.

Robert G. Davenport, director of solid waste, said he was unaware of any unresolved problems in the department.

- Scott Butki

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