Eskaton union final vote count ends in tie, objections pending |

Eskaton union final vote count ends in tie, objections pending

The union for Eskaton Village Grass Valley will disband after a vote count this week, if objections filed by the employee organization are dismissed.

The employee-initiated vote, first expected to end Oct. 5, finished on Tuesday after the count of two challenged ballots. The results are now a 25-to-25 tie, which means the union failed to get a majority of its members to keep the group intact.

The issue, however, remains unsettled. Union members filed objections before a Nov. 6 deadline. The National Labor Relations Board is now examining the objections before issuing a final decision.

“We have no official notice, documentation from the NLRB yet,” said Betsy Donovan, Eskaton’s chief operating officer.

The NLRB provided no date on when a resolution could come.

The union, formed in June 2014, had its status put in limbo when an employee asked this year for the decertification vote. The mail-in vote ended in a 24-to-24 tie. Eskaton and the union challenged three of the ballots, which led to the addition of two of those votes.

Officials tallied those previously uncounted votes on Tuesday, leading to the 25-to-25 tie.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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