A union election at an Allentown company that provides home health care services may have turned on the vote of one person, who arrived too late to cast a ballot.
The Laborers International Union of North America, Local 1310, sought the right to represent eight professional and nonprofessional employees of Patient Care.
The final vote was 4-3 in favor of the union, but one member of the staff failed to vote. She showed up after the agreed-upon closing time for voting and after officials had begun counting the ballots.
Even though the employee arrived late and never asked to vote, Patient Care filed objections to the election, arguing that she should have been permitted to vote. The National Labor Relations Board overruled the objections and certified the union to represent the employees.