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Workers of the Monroe County Central Emergency Dispatch Center, who are employed by the City of Bloomington, voted 17-0 to unionize Tuesday.

The workers are asking the city to recognize them as first responders, treating them in a similar way to BPD and BFD, according to a statement from Jefferey Borders, a member of the Monroe County CEDC. They are also asking for better working conditions to alleviate staffing shortages, which will in turn make the group a better resource for public safety, Borders said.