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Capital-area Park Service employees choose union

The National Treasury Employees Union announced that is has won an election to represent about 1,300 National Park Service employees in the NPS National Capital Region. The union took 91 percent of the votes cast, NTEU said.

The region's employees—rangers, gardeners, maintenance workers and other skilled trades workers—work in parks and historic sites in Washington, D.C., and across a metropolitan area that takes in parts of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. NTEU already represents NPS headquarters employees.

“We look forward to developing an effective relationship with NPS management on behalf of NCR employees,” said President Colleen M. Kelley. “An agency with a workforce that is treated with dignity and respect, along with adequate resources and personnel, will be an agency that is well-equipped to meet its mission.”

With the three-week election period over, the Federal Labor Relations Authority now must certify the voting results, after which NPS employees in the region will form a union chapter, elect officers and begin negotiating an initial contract with the agency.

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