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CVS and AT&T Workers Vote to Join a Union

Organizing wins for the Teamsters, Newsguild, CWA, IBEW, and UFCW

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Aug 23, 2021

Across the nation, workers are looking for ways to better protect themselves and to gain a stronger voice within their workplace. During the pandemic, workers found out just how much power they have and that has led to many taking the first step to organizing themselves into a union. Here are some of the latest union victories.

On August 20th, the Teamsters announced that 28 workers at GPS Impact would be joining Local 696 based in Topeka, Kansas. GPS Impact is a political firm and the employees work in a wide range of communications, digital, and media roles for the company. According to the union, after an overwhelming number of employees signed union cards, the company decided to recognize their union via card check, saving them from having to go through a long and costly election process. “Our management’s decision to voluntary recognize the GPS employee union reaffirms our entire company’s commitment to the national labor movement and progressive values,” said Hannah J. Smith, a digital strategist at GPS Impact. “Workers had been talking about forming a union for several years, and I’m thrilled that our management has been so open about representation. I hope that GPS can serve as the catalyst for other workers to seek the representation that they deserve. While we are well aware that most workers don’t have the luxury of securing voluntary recognition, this journey is worth it. We are proud to be Teamsters.”

In Washington D.C. editorial staff at the Washingtonian Magazine announced in June that they wanted to join the Washington-Baltimore NewsGuild. They asked for recognition through card check, but instead, the Chief Executive Catherine Mills waged an anti-union campaign that included calling staffers to urge them to vote no. She also held captive audience meetings, along with her brother Doug who is a board member at the company. Workers then said when that didn’t work Mills released a 15-page document aimed at sowing doubt about the union on the day after ballots were handed out. None of these efforts worked as the editorial staff voted 15-2 to support the union. The new bargaining unit will include all full-time and part-time editorial, art, and digital products employees.

In La Crosse, Wisconsin eight workers at Dairyland Power Cooperative decided to make decision to join the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The eight members voted 8-0 to join Local 953 of the IBEW.  The new bargaining unit will include all full-time and part-time fleet mechanics, lead fleet mechanics, foreperson-fleet mechanics, and parts specialists employed by the Employer at its La Crosse and Elk Mound, Wisconsin facilities.

In a historic win for the Communications Workers of America (CWA), AT&T In-Home Expert (IHX) workers voted to join the union. After AT&T refused to voluntarily recognize the union, workers filed for an election with the NLRB. AT&T then used a series of tactics to try and delay the election, including appealing to the full NLRB and getting the ballots impounded. Through all of this, the workers stayed union strong and voted 26-5 in favor of joining the union. The unit will be made up of 53 workers who work at the company’s Southfield, Michigan office. Included in the unit are all full and part-time Integrated Solutions Consultants (ISCs) and Integrated Sales Support Specialists (ISSSs).

At a CVS store in Tustin California, workers decided that they wanted to join the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). Local 324 of the UFCW represents other CVS stores throughout Southern California. Of the 14 eligible employees to vote, 11 voted yes and 2 voted no. The bargaining unit will include all full-time and regular part-time store associates, clerks, clerk Rx, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy lead technicians, pharmacy interns, and shift supervisors.

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