Almost 500 employees for Rockford's Milestone, Inc. voted Wednesday to form a union with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31.
Milestone is a not-for-profit agency serving individuals with developmental disabilities. The members of the union include direct-support workers, rehabilitative aides, maintenance workers, cooks, housekeepers, bus drivers, physical therapists, and other employees.
"We're coming together as a union to have a strong voice at work because we are deeply committed to the individuals we serve," said team leader Paula Burnett.
AFSCME Council 31 executive director Henry Bayer said the group is looking forward to working with Milestone employees.
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