Workers for two of three subcontractors vote for union

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A second group of contract workers for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in St. Albans has voted in favor of forming a union.

A union representative says employees for Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman Corp. voted 57-40 in support of joining the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America.

Workers for Northrup Grumman are the second of three subcontractors to approve unionizing.

Workers are unhappy because the Arlington, Virginia-based Stanley Inc., reclassified about 100 of its 400 St. Albans employees from “general clerk” to “data entry.” That move reduced those employees’ base pay by 11.7 percent. Stanley took over operations at immigration facilities in Vermont in December.

Last week workers for another Stanley subcontractor, Choctaw Archiving Enterprise of Durant, Okla., approved forming a union. A third contractor Federal Working Group Inc. of Falls Church, Va., rejected unionizing.

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