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Ocean City Workers Push For Collective Bargaining

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Ocean City municipal workers are seeking new rights for collective bargaining like the town’s police, firefighters and emergency personnel.

The Daily Times reports Saturday that a coalition of general employees is gathering signatures from registered voters. If they gather enough signatures, a referendum will be placed on the October ballot for a vote.

Coalition spokeswoman Barbara Dahan says many employees feel they don’t have job stability or security. They also aren’t satisfied with some decisions by the Town Council. The group is seeking equality with Ocean City’s police, fire and emergency personnel. They also want equality among fellow employees.

The Town Council could vote to give them collective bargaining rights. But some councilmembers have said voters should decide. Councilman Bren Ashley says workers already have good salaries and benefits.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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