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Organizing Victories in TV, Sales and Construction

Across industries, workers are saying Yes to joining a union

Brian Young's picture
Jun 20, 2018

Union members know the value of working union. Whether it's better pay, better benefits, higher safety standards or increased training., most could not imagine working without a union. Across industries, from wine salesmen to carpenters to the people who bring sports to your television, employees are realizing the importance of joining a union. At the Big 10 Network, Southern Glazer Wine and Spirits, and Dawson Construction, their employees recently took the plunge and decided to join a union.

The Big 10 network airs all different sporting events from their member schools. One of the largest college networks in the country, it’s formation changed the way that college sports was shown and gave lesser watched games and sports a national audience. As the network transformed into a national powerhouse, the people behind the scenes wanted to make sure they were taken care of. To do this, they decided to join IATSE Local 762 in Chicago. 28 people voted for a stronger voice in their workplace, while 16 followed the NCAA model and said no to a union. The new union will cover all full time and part time television broadcast technicians based in Chicago.

Employees at Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits of Delaware have also decided that they want a stronger voice in their workplace. The sales representatives at the New Castle Delaware location have decided to join the United Food and Commercial Workers Liquor Sales Union Local 2-D. The vote to join was very close with 19 voting yes and 16 having a little too much wine and voting no.

Finally, Carpenters at Dawson Construction have decided to join Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters. The election, which was only certified by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) yesterday, saw 47 people vote union yes and 27 vote against their best interest. The new bargaining unit will cover all full time and regular part-time journeymen carpenters, apprentice carpenters, and carpenter foremen employed by Dawson.

Congratulations to all of the new union members.

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