Charlie Buttrey

October 3, 2019

This news item is behind a paywall, so you’ll have to trust me on it.

The Caledonian Record (the daily paper out of St. Johnsbury, Vermont) yesterday trumpeted the news that police officers in neighboring Lyndonville had voted unanimously to unionize.

The vote didn’t actually have to be unanimous; under state law, a vote to unionize passes if at least 30 percent of the force votes in favor.

In any event, the secret ballot vote occurred on Monday afternoon at the Lyndonville Municipal Building, and when the ballots were counted, the town clerk certified the result.

The officers approved joining the New England Police Benevolent Association (NEPBA) by a vote of 2-0.

While, by law, the vote is done by secret ballot, I’m guessing people can figure out who voted which way.

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