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Tue Mar 14, 2017, 05:53 PM

Roswell firefighters vote 57-2 to form union

More than 96 percent of Roswell firefighters that voted Monday cast ballots in favor of forming their own union, far exceeding the majority threshold needed.

The 57-2 vote in favor of forming the Roswell Professional Fire Fighters Association is essentially a done deal, although official recognition of the union as the sole collective bargaining unit for the Roswell Fire Department wonít officially come until the cityís Labor Management Relations Board certifies the election results, explained an attorney representing the city.

Parties may file objections to conduct during the elections, and the labor board will also certify the election results at least five days after the election to determine if a sufficient number of firefighters have voted to [auth] unionize. No objections had been filed at the close of polling at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Fire Station 1, said Dina Holcomb, the attorney representing the city in the unionization process.

In order for the union vote to have been successful, at least 40 percent of the 70 potentially affected employees must have cast ballots, and a majority of those voting must have voted in favor of the unionís formation.

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