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Group of D.C. Judges Seeks to Unionize for First Time

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WASHINGTON — A group of District of Columbia judges is seeking to organize as a union and says it’s facing resistance from Mayor Vincent Gray’s administration.

City administrative law judges are seeking to organize for the first time — over the objections of their supervisor, the Washington Post reports.

Paul Shearon of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, which is helping the judges organize, says the city has opposed the effort. They say D.C. law allows Gray to recognize the union, but he has declined.

A spokesman for the mayor declined to comment, citing pending litigation on the matter. But spokesman Petro Ribeiro says the mayor is supportive of collective bargaining.

The administration wants a city employee labor relations board to rule on the matter.

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