Workers at Eastside Food Co-op in Minneapolis won their election to form a union with the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 653. More than 70 percent of workers voted in favor of unionization.
“Addressing economic justice issues like implementing a genuine living wage is a clear extension of our cooperative values,” said Brian David, who works in Eastside’s IT department. ”We are excited to begin the bargaining process because now, everyone will have an opportunity to be heard.”
The election was held April 20. Since then, workers have begun circulating bargaining surveys to help the bargaining committee understand their co-workers’ priorities.
“I have been working at Eastside for seven years. Forming a union is going to help workers have a voice and support each other,” said cashier Molly Garner-Puff. “We want to make sure our co-op continues to be a sustainable store for the workers and the neighborhood.”
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