Interview: David Conard, COTS unionization vote

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Workers at Burlington’s Committee on Temporary Shelter, or COTS are breathing a sigh of relief today, after the COTS board voted to support a worker’s community election on whether or not to unionize.

The employees who provide shelter and counseling to the homeless in Vermont’s largest city will now vote “yea” or “nay” on whether to join the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America.

David Conard is a spokesman for the 16-member COTS board that cleared the way for the unionization vote. He spoke with Mitch Wertlieb and said the board members concluded that unionization was something the workers themselves should ultimately decide.

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