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Organizing Wins at Imperfect Foods

Skiers, newsrooms and delivery drivers have organized in recent weeks

Kris LaGrange's picture
May 07, 2021

Around the country workers are organizing for a louder voice on the job, better pay, better benefits, and safer workplaces especially as the pandemic continues to stick around. At the four workplaces below, the workers have organized and decided to take the big step in joining the union family.

Workers at the NY Daily News organized with the Newsguild and on Friday, April 30th, a vote was held with 55 people voted in favor of joining the Newsguild, while 3 people were opposed. Ten people chose not to vote. The new bargaining unit will include all editorial staff at the paper. “Our newsroom overwhelmingly voted to form this union after more than a year of organizing,” the NY Daily News Union said in a tweet. “We’re eager to get to the table with Daily News and Tribune management.” According to the union, they had collected 80% of the staff union cards by February, but Tribune which owns the paper refused to recognize the union. Instead, they forced a vote, which the union overwhelmingly won.

In Big Sky Montana, ski season may be ending but the workers are organizing. On April 29th, votes were counted at the Big Sky Resort and 69 people voted to join the Communications Workers of America (CWA), with 21 voting against it. 13 people chose not to vote. The new bargaining unit will include all full-time and part-time patrollers, avalanche forecasters, avalanche technicians, and dispatchers employed by the Employer at its ski resort located in Big Sky, Montana. The CWA also organized workers at Vail Resorts in Breckenridge Colorado. Here 43 people voted yes, and 42 people voted no. 29 people chose not to vote. The new bargaining unit at Vail Resorts will include all full-time and regular part-time basic, intermediate, and advanced level Ski Patrollers and Ski Patrol Specialists who work at the Breckenridge resort.

At Marketplace, a business focused radio show on National Public Radio, on air talent and producers made the decision in December to file to join the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). There were 52 people eligible to vote and 37 voted yes and only one person voted no. 14 people didn’t vote. The new bargaining unit will include all full-time and regular part-time writers, reporters (including reporter, senior reporter, reporter II, and digital reporter), correspondents (including senior correspondent), hosts, producers (including producer I, producer II, and digital producer), assistant producers, associate producers (including associate digital producer and associate float producer), full stack product engineers, and editors (including planning editor and copy editor). The bargaining unit may increase in size as the union and the company were hashing out whether some senior employees at the company are eligible for collective bargaining rights.

Imperfect Foods, a grocery delivery service that specializes in providing sustainable, affordable groceries, recently saw their employees in California and Nevada organize with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 5. There were 80 people eligible to vote and 53 submitted ballots. The vote was close with 28 voting yes and 23 voting no. The new bargaining unit will include all full-time and regular part-time Delivery Drivers, Delivery Truck Drivers, and Delivery Leads employed by Imperfect Foods at or out of its facilities located in San Francisco, CA; Concord, CA; Sacramento/Elk Grove, CA; Merced, CA; San Jose, CA; and Reno, NV.

Congratulations to all of the new union members and we hope that you have a quick and successful path to your first contract.

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