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Local News in Brief : AIDS Agency Staff Votes Against Union

Employees of AIDS Project Los Angeles, the county’s largest AIDS services organization, voted 37 to 24 against affiliating themselves with the Hospital and Service Employees Union Local 399 after a bitter, emotional union drive.

During the campaign, union organizers claimed that the agency’s board of directors and management had grown increasingly out of touch with the needs of APLA staffers and clients.

Interim Executive Director Frank Paradise contended that unionizing would divide the agency and hamper resolution of its difficulties, which include poor staff morale and fund-raising problems.

Tuesday, after results of the election were announced, Paradise said he would create a staff advisory committee to solicit more input from workers.

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