Employees at the Barnes & Noble on West 82nd Street in Manhattan intend to form a union with the RWDSU. The union will represent approximately 50 employees including booksellers, baristas, cashiers, maintenance, and all “non-supervisory employees.” They have asked the company to voluntarily recognize the union and have also filed an election petition with the NLRB. According to a release, workers “have concerns over job security, a lack of structure when it comes to job duties and tasks at work, and favoritism by management.” “I care a lot about my coworkers,” bookseller Eve Greenlow said. “I want the best for them, […]
Employees at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco have unionized, joining the Industrial Workers of the World Local 660, KQED reports. Approximately 16 workers are eligible, and most have signed union-authorization cards. The store plans to recognize the union, with an official decision slated for tomorrow. “City Lights has always been actively engaged in the project of creating and evolving a fulfilling, equitable, and humane workplace. This is a key to our institutional philosophy, and it has informed our practice from the beginning,” City Lights executive director Elaine Katzenberger. “If unionization can provide us with new tools for helping us […]
Unionized workers at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square walked off the job at 2 PM on Friday, December 22 to protest “the company’s failure to return on economic portions of the contract amid their highest sales season.” After joining the RWDSU in June, employees have met with management to negotiate a contract throughout the fall. According to the union, last week, ceo James Daunt came to the bargaining table. In a release, the union stated, “If the company wants to live up to James Daunt’s vision of a well trained, knowledgeable sales team, and a shopping experience for […]
After striking in September and rejecting a tentative agreement in November, the Powell’s bookstore union voted to ratify a new contract with 93 percent of members voting yes. The new contract, which lasts for the next four years, promises wage increases that average approximately 28 percent over the life of the contract, expedited promotions for entry level workers, and decreased costs for healthcare claims. Notably, the contract also restores the paid time off accrual for any employee who was rehired after being laid off in 2020.
The Scholastic Union has reached a tentative agreement with management, they announced on social media. The new contract stipulates a minimum salary of $65,000, with standard wage increases and a $3,250 bonus on ratification. The union comprises 82 Scholastic magazine employees, represented by the NewsGuild of New York. The contract also includes a “health and safety provision” and a hybrid work clause that “secures [their] right to work remotely.” The union also avoided a management’s rights clause, which would give Scholastic “more expansive power to make unilateral decisions without bargaining with us.”
Employees at Barnes & Noble locations in San Jose, CA and Bloomington, IL have voted to form unions. Last week, workers unanimously voted to unionize at the Bloomington store, joining RWDSU. On Nov 8, 90 percent of eligible employees at the Almaden Plaza store in San Jose voted to form a union, joining UFCW Local 5. That makes five retail stores with unions in the US—including Hadley, MA; Union Square; and Park Slope, Brooklyn—as well as the campus store at Rutgers University, owned by Barnes & Noble Education.