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FSU Non-Exempt Employees Vote to Unionize with AFSCME; Results of Sworn Officers Vote Still Undetermined

During an election held today, non-exempt employees of Frostburg State University voted in favor of unionizing, choosing American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) as their exclusive representative.

The final vote was 122 for AFSCME, 55 for no exclusive representative (or status quo) and 37 for Maryland Classified Employees Association (MCEA).

The results of the union election for FSU sworn police officers was undetermined at the conclusion of today's vote.

With a close vote of 6 for AFSCME and 5 for MCEA, two challenged and uncounted votes left the results uncertain.

Both parties have five working days to send a written explanation to the Maryland State Higher Education Labor Relations Board (SHELRB) to explain why or why not the challenged votes should be counted. The executive director of SHELRB will make a final decision at that time and the results will be released.

Out of 232 eligible non-exempt employees, 222 voted. Thirteen out of 14 eligible sworn police officers participated in the election.

Organizers filed a petition in October with SHELRB seeking an election to determine whether University non-exempt employees and sworn police officers want to be represented by a union. That petition was later certified and an election date was set for Nov. 14th. FSU was the first public higher education institution in the state of Maryland to hold an election.

Representatives from the SHELRB conducted the election on the FSU campus and tallied the votes, with University and union representatives present.

"Our employees have expressed their desire regarding the option of instituting collective bargaining on our campus," Dr. Catherine Gira, Frostburg State University president, said about today's election. "We have always enjoyed a good relationship with our staff, and we have every expectation that this will continue as we move now to the bargaining table to work out specific details about salaries and working conditions."

Campus and AFSCME representatives will meet to negotiate a Memorandum of Understanding for non-exempt employees that will address wages, hours and working conditions at FSU. No date for the initial meeting has been set.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589