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Golden Valley therapists vote to join union

Behavioral health staff members at Golden Valley Health Centers have voted to join other unionized workers. The vote was 12-0 for the mental health therapists and substance abuse counselors to join Service Employees International Union Local 521, which represents about 450 medical assistants and office personnel who work for Golden Valley in Merced and Stanislaus County.

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