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MediaNewspaper - Concord Monitor
News DateThursday, July 12, 2007 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionA new contract requiring state workers to begin contributing to their health insurance may have passed Monday night, but the debate about the legitimacy of the vote is far from over.

Union members have been calling the State Employees' Association with concerns about the voting process, and a state prison sergeant sent a letter to state officials yesterday calling the vote an "injustice." Their concerns are many: The union had to send out a second round of ballots after discovering a glitch with the first mailing. During a popular vacation month, members had just seven days to return their ballots, and the union had no way of telling them whether their ballot had arrived and been counted. Finally, the union counted the ballots three days after the ballots had to be postmarked - too short in some people's minds for all ballots to arrive in Concord by mail.
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