Five Superior Court bailiffs in Benton and Franklin counties want the Teamsters Local 839 union to represent them, said officials.
Franklin County commissioners agreed Wednesday to have county prosecutors begin discussions with the union's representative about how to proceed.
The bargaining unit as proposed would include just five bailiffs, not clerks, supervisors or other employees.
Local 839 also represents 19 detention officers at the Benton-Franklin Juvenile Justice Center.
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Neither the Superior Court administrator nor Local 839 representative could be reached Wednesday on the issue.