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City of Bradenton workers join union

BRADENTON — The majority of employees in the city’s public works and water departments have voted to join a union.

The Florida Public Employees Relations Commission released Tuesday the results of a three-week mail balloting process that showed 70 eligible workers cast a vote in favor of joining the Florida Public Employees Council 79 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Fifty-six employees voted not to have union representation.

The election comes at a time when the city is looking at a $2.1 million revenue shortfall for next year’s budget, City Clerk Carl Callahan told the City Council today.