NLRB Will Not Sanction Move By CUNA Mutual Staff

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Federal authorities have notified a group of CUNA Mutual employees they will not sanction their effort to form their own separate bargaining unit within the company's main employees' union, the Office and Professional Employees Union, local 93. Jean Harrelson, a spokesperson for the breakaway group, said they have appealed the ruling to the National Labor Relations Board, putting the rare union separation bid in limbo. "What we really don't know is whether the NLRB will consider us professionals," Harrelson told The Credit Union Journal, of the group of Information Technology workers seeking separate status from the union's main bargaining unit. Harrelson said there is still interest in forming the separate unit but some of the interest has waned in the wake of recent CUNA Mutual lay-offs which have raised questions of the efficacy of the union. "I don't know if there's any value in it any more," she said (see related story, page 3).

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