Aug 26, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 26, 2021
Contact: Chelsea Connor | [email protected]
WORKERS AT GREENLIGHT BOOKSTORES AND YOURS TRULY STATIONERY STORES WIN RECOGNITION TO JOIN RETAIL, WHOLESALE AND DEPARTMENT STORE UNION
Workers Secure Right to a Union Voice to Ensure Respect at Work
(NEW YORK, NY) – Today, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) announced that workers at Greenlight Bookstores and Yours Truly stationery stores have won recognition for their union. The RWDSU represents workers at book and stationery stores across New York City including McNally Jackson, Goods for the Study, and Book Culture. Now workers at Greenlight and Yours Truly will head to the bargaining table to secure fair treatment in the workplace and fair compensation in their first union contract.
“I’m excited to be an RWDSU member, especially during this wave of unionization efforts happening across the country! I’m proud to work alongside people who are committed to supporting each other and our collective well-being. It’s time that Greenlight Bookstore and Yours Truly Brooklyn workers are empowered to define what a safe, just, and equitable workplace looks like—especially for the most marginalized among us. We’re ready and hopeful as we get to work on our first contract.” said Ienna Fernandez Greenlight Bookstore worker.
“We’re proud to welcome the workers of Greenlight Bookstores and Yours Truly stationery stores into our union. Together, they won recognition from their employer, and showed that the best way for working people to protect themselves and their families is to join together in a union,” said Stuart Appelbaum, President, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).
The workers’ union recognition was finalized on August 23, 2021. RWDSU will represent approximately 40 workers at Greenlight Bookstore and Yours Truly’s locations in Brooklyn, New York. The workers in the bargaining unit handle sales, stocking and information services in the stores. More news about contract negotiations will be shared when available.
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The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) represents 100,000 members throughout the United States, including 45,000 in New York State. The RWDSU is affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). For more information, please visit our website at www.rwdsu.org, Facebook:/RWDSU.UFCW Twitter:@RWDSU.
Aug 25, 2021
The federal government’s assertion that a poultry plant workers’ union couldn’t challenge U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations increasing processing plant line speeds has been rejected by a federal district judge.
The USDA had defended the line speed increases approved during the Trump administration on the grounds there wasn’t a substantial increase in the risk of workers being injured.
But, U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly in Washington rejected the government’s position in an Aug. 20 opinion, and denied a motion to dismiss the union challenge.