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USW workers give strike authorization

STANFORD -- Members of the United Stanford Workers union voted Wednesday, Aug. 21, to give their leadership authority to call a strike vote if necessary.

The vote, an expected formality in most labor negotiations, involved about 350 members of the union. About 300 of those present at the meeting voted "yes," according to Michael Tatham, chief negotiator.

The union represents about 1,300 Stanford workers. Their current three-year contract expires Sept. 1.

"We don't want to work too long after that without a contract," Tatham said after the vote.

Contract talks with university representatives began on July 19. The two sides have been meeting regularly since then. Stanford is represented by Michael Vartain, a university lawyer; Lee Lyon, director of personnel at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center; and Keith Smith, director of employee relations.



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