St. Charles expects to have an answer by the end of the week, whether the hospital's service employees will be unionized. St. Charles and Union leaders have reached an agreement on which employees are eligible to vote on unionizing the hospital's service employees. There were 34 ballots that were challenged when workers voted on January 5th. The two sides agreed that 22 of those ballots are eligible and will be tabulated into the final tally when they meet later this week in Portland at the National Labor Relations Board Office. The original vote totals, not including these challenged ballots, had the Union being approved by just 4 votes. 255 workers voted for the Union, 251 voted against it.