AFL-CIO panel bars teachers union from vying with AFSCME

March 14, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An internal panel of the AFL-CIO has ruled that the American Federation of Teachers can't compete with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in union elections at the state's public universities.

AFT had been vying with AFSCME for the votes of professional, nonfaculty employees under a new state law allowing bargaining by nonfaculty at the state's public campuses. But the internal board found that the employees were a more natural fit with AFSCME.

More than 4,000 service and office workers have voted to be represented by AFSCME.

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