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ALEXANDRIA, Va.-Employees at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) recently voted to unionize with the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), so will NCUA be next? NCUA employees got the ball rolling this summer and, according to NTEU President Colleen Kelley, they hope to set the date for the vote within the next couple of months. The final vote count among OCC’s 2,375 eligible employees was 839 in favor of establishing a union to 721 against. Kelley said she was very pleased with voter turnout and pointed out that this partly could have been due to the agency urging employees to vote to assure the few did not speak for the many. She added she felt the union had “a solid base of support there.” NCUA’s employees are still in a preliminary stage with the organization, but Kelley said she felt the idea has been well received. “We rarely go somewhere we haven’t been invited,” she commented. That would run counterintuitive, because the energy has to come from within, she said. With NCUA’s recent announcements to eliminate Region IV’s headquarters and move Region VI, employees may be concerned about their job security. While all employee cutbacks have so far been through attrition, NCUA Chairman Dennis Dollar has said that does not mean they are not going to ask employees to move or take a different position at the same pay.

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