PORTLAND — Employees at Preble Street in Portland, Lewiston and Bangor overwhelmingly voted to unionize on June 14. 

The vote to unionize was 90-11. The new Preble Street organization will soon begin negotiating its first contract under Maine State Employees Association-Service Workers International Union Local 1989.

Preble Street helps to support Mainers experiencing homelessness by operating drop-in centers, soup kitchens, food pantry and shelters.

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