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Six Youngstown Catholic Schools hold union vote

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Teachers at six Youngstown Catholic elementary schools will decide if they want union affiliation.

The Youngstown Diocese currently has a mixture of schools with teacher unions and schools without union affiliation.

A vote later this month will determine if six elementary schools involved in a new cluster school will be union or non-union.

"There are approximately 100 teachers involved in this cluster, so whatever the vote total is of those votes cast will determine if there is affiliation or not," said Barb McVickers, President of the Youngstown Diocesan Confederation of Teachers.

The schools involved in the vote include three that are affiliated with the Confederation; St. Christine, St. Joseph and Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Patrick, and three that are not; St. Charles, St. Nicholas and Holy Family.

The vote will be conducted by an independent third party and will be by simple majority.

The Diocese feels it's better to have everyone under one contract structure. "It's much more practical to have everyone under the same contract rather than have three and three or four and two," said Assistant Superintendent Randy Rair.

McVickers says teachers in non-union schools have individual, one-year contracts that are not negotiated. "What we are offering is, we will negotiate for you, we will provide protection and service." McVickers said.

The Diocese says the idea behind the cluster school is better governance and control over funding.

The union vote is set for the week of October 29th.

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