MONTPELIER (AP) - Officials at the Vermont State Labor Relations Board are counting ballots in an election in which home care workers are voting whether to unionize under the umbrella of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Legislation passed this year allowed independent home care workers to unionize for purposes of negotiating with the state. The workers offer personal care and other services to elderly and disabled Vermonters in their homes.

Two unions - AFSCME and the Service Employees International Union - initially were vying to organize the home care workers, but SEIU withdrew.

Ballot counting was expected to be complete Thursday afternoon. A simple majority wins, and AFSCME officials were expressing confidence they had support from a majority for unionization.


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