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The National Labor Relations Board has agreed to investigate complaints that the Western Connecticut Health Network intimidated and coerced nursing assistants and other employees before an unsuccessful unionization vote last month.

If the complaints are substantiated, the election results could be set aside. 

labor board spokeswoman Jessica Kahanek says the June 19 vote by about 800 non-professional workers at the network’s Danbury and New Milford hospitals was decided by a narrow margin. 

 Matt O’Connor, spokesman for AFT-Connecticut, says  the exact tallies were not released. The union already represents about 725 nurses and 250 technicians at the two hospitals.

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