Eskaton Village Grass Valley union vote remains ‘in the air’ |

Eskaton Village Grass Valley union vote remains ‘in the air’

An attempt to decertify the Eskaton Village Grass Valley workers union ended in a tie and challenged ballots, pushing the vote’s certification until at least next week.

An employee-initiated attempt to disband the union resulted in a 24-to-24 tie. Eskaton challenged one of those votes, and the union challenged two of them, said Todd Murch, Eskaton CEO.

The National Labor Relations Board is now examining the challenged ballots, and is expected to certify the election within a few days, Murch added.

Eskaton is confident the decertification attempt will prevail.

Larry King, with the senior living facility’s campus patrol, isn’t that certain.

“It’s up in the air,” he said.

According to the NLRB website, a tied vote results in the union’s failure, as not enough members opted to remain unionized.

The workers union formed in June 2014. An employee this year asked for the decertification vote.

The mail-in ballots were due Oct. 5, and the NLRB counted those votes two days later.

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

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