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October 01. 2012 6:55PM

NH corrections workers vote to switch to Teamsters union

Corrections officers and other employees of the state Department of Corrections voted on Monday to switch union representation from the New England Police Benevolent Association to Teamsters Local 633 of New Hampshire.

A news release from the Teamsters said employees “cited a long history of failed promises and lackluster representation” in taking the vote.

The 331 employees voted by a three-to-one margin to make the switch, according to the secretary-treasure of Local 633, David W. Laughton.

“The very important work that these people do every day can easily be taken for granted,” said Laughton, “but more than 4,000 of their brothers and sisters throughout New Hampshire will make sure they get the respect they deserve.”

Teamsters officials said the switch was initiated by employees and that the election was conducted under the direction of the Public Labor Relations Board, which is expected to certify the results in the near future.

“By the time the PELRB has certified us as the exclusive bargaining representative of these hard-working men and women, we will have already hit the ground running,” said Laughton. “We are in the process of setting up contract proposal meetings, putting in place the process for shop steward elections and planning for the training of the elected stewards.”

The current collective bargaining agreement between the state and the New England Police Benevolent Association, Local 250, expires in 2013.


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