All Powell’s Books locations were closed on Monday as workers stopped work in a one-day strike. The union authorized the strike in August as they work to negotiate a new contract–particularly with improved pay and affordable healthcare options–with management. The store announced the closure on social media in advance. “We deeply value our employees and respect their right to engage in protected union activity, which includes a strike. We understand it can be part of the bargaining process, and we will honor and respect it,” they wrote. According to Willamette Week, the union filed an unfair labor practices complaint with the […]
Union workers at Barnes & Noble in Hadley, MA walked out last Friday, to protest staffing issues. The union says the store is understaffed. The walkout lasted from 2 pm to 5 pm. Staffers voted to unionize last May, joining the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1459.
ILWU Local 5 announced on Wednesday that 92 percent of union members who work at Powell’s Books voted to authorize a strike against the bookstore. The union said: “This vote gives the ILWU Local 5 bargaining team the authority to call for a strike if it becomes necessary in the course of negotiations. It doesn’t mean Powell’s workers are going on strike right away, but it does mean they have the option and are getting strike-ready!” Union employees have been calling renewed attention to their open petition recently, garnering signatures in support of the message, “Tell Powell’s Books: Workers Deserve […]
Solid State Books in Washington D.C., which unionized in April with UFCW Local 400, has ratified their contract with the store after 17 days of negotiations. Solid State is the second bookstore in D.C. to unionize, after Politics & Prose. The three-year contract includes cost of living raises tied to the D.C. minimum wage, Juneteenth as a holiday (with overtime pay), provisions for additional vacation time, better hours, and more. The contract was modeled on the one ratified by Politics & Prose last September. Bookseller Kiara Martinez, who served on the negotiated committee said in a release, “We got here […]
As PL previously reported, Harper Collins terminated Stephanie Guerdan, unit chair of the Harper Collins Union on July 20. On Monday, the union announced that they have “filed a grievance against the publisher in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement and submitted an Unfair Labor Practice charge to the National Labor Relations Board.” Olga Brudastova, president of Local 2110 UAW, says in the announcement, “The company is continuing to spend their resources on union-busting, going so far as to fire our Unit Chair. Stephanie has had an impeccable career at Harper Collins spanning over six years. They were outspoken about […]
As UPS and the Teamsters union stall over contract negotiations, it’s possible that workers will begin to strike on July 31, which would affect a vast number of book shipments to and from publishers. The American Booksellers Association suggested ways bookstores can prepare: This month, stores should order up on inventory, order stock for Fall author events, coordinate returns (even if they don’t use UPS), and ask publishers for an increase in their credit limits.