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According to the Public Citizen Foundation audit of September 30, 2015, Note 4, Collective Bargaining Agreement:

"The employees of the Foundation elected to be covered by a collective bargaining agreement and to have the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 500 AFL-CIO as their representative. The Foundation's management and SEIU ratified a collective bargaining agreement (the Agreement) as of October 1, 2013. The Agreement will remain in effect until September 30, 2016."

Audit Note 9, Concentrations, further states:

"As of September 30, 2015, approximately 77% of Public Citizen's employees are members of SEIU, Local 500 AFL-CIO."

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