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PORTLAND, Ore.—By a 46-3 margin, workers at two residential alcohol and drug abuse treatment facilities in Portland, Ore., voted to unionize with AFSCME, the Northwest Labor Press reported.

Low pay was the key to winning the Sept. 28 vote among the 61 workers at the two facilities, managed by Volunteers of America. Workers at the two sites earned $10-$12 hourly with few benefits. Management countered AFSCME by bringing in a so-called “consultant” – an union-buster – but its forced anti-union meetings “fell flat,” AFSCME said.

Source: PAI