Massachusetts Maintenance Workers Win Big Gains

Workers at Sodexo, a maintenance company with a contract at Attleboro High School in Massachusetts, have ratified a new three-year contract with big gains. The Local 875 members will see big pay increases of 15-22 percent over the course of the agreement. Continue reading

Alabama Dialysis Workers Win RWDSU Voice

Over 40 workers at two separate dialysis centers voted overwhelmingly to join the RWDSU Mid-South Council, sticking together through six weeks of anti-union rhetoric. The anti-union campaign included management bringing in union-busting “consultants” to shut down the organizing drive, but workers Fresenius Kidney Care in Mobile, Alabama, were undaunted in their desire to win a union voice and make their jobs better.

Statement From RWDSU Pres. Appelbaum on Charlottesville

"The white nationalism on display this weekend has no place in our communities, our politics or our workplaces. It is our responsibility to stand up against the hateful ideologies that have become alarmingly mainstream over the past year.   My thoughts and prayers are with victims of these acts of terrorist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia."

RWDSU Conducts OSHA Training for Retail Workers

The RWDSU and the Retail Action Project conducted an OSHA training session at the RWDSU offices in Manhattan. At the session, 30 retail workers took part in in the OSHA 10 hour for General Industry course.   Continue reading

Strong New Contract at Coca-Cola

Local 513 members at Coca-Cola’s bottling plant in Lowell, Massachusetts, ratified a new contract with a unanimous vote. The contract calls for wage increases of 2.75 percent each year of the three-year contract, which amounts to increases of 68 cents to 88 cents per year. Continue reading

RWDSU Website Hacked!

August 2, 2017By Joe Maniscalco    The RWDSU website is recovering following a cyber attack. New York, NY - The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) is reporting that an “anti-semitic computer hacker” targeted its website with hateful messages this week. The RWDSU’s website was down at the time of this writing, but on Tuesday, August 1, the union released a message saying that it was working to resolve the breech. Continue reading

Pleasure Chest Workers Fight Back and Win

Workers at Pleasure Chest locations in New York City have voted to be represented by the RWDSU in their fight for a voice for fair treatment in the workplace, security protections and procedures, and fair wages through a collective bargaining agreement. Workers at Pleasure Chest, an adult toy shop, reached out to the RWDSU in the wake of the historic rights and protections won by the union for workers at a similar store - Babeland - earlier this year. Continue reading

Emotional Reunions at RWDSU

RWDSU offices in New York City hosted an emotional reunion of Mexican immigrants with their parents and grandparents. Many of them had not seen each other in ten, twenty or even thirty years.   Continue reading

Guitar Center Workers Ratify First Contract with RWDSU

Over 100 Guitar Center workers at stores in four states have unanimously ratified their first contract withthe RWDSU/UFCW. The three-year contract, which cover Guitar Center workers in stores in New YorkCity, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Danvers, Mass., include guaranteed base wage increases over the three-year term, and access to union-provided health care insurance. Continue reading

RWDSU Endorses Stacy Abrams for GA Governor

Edgar Fields, President of the Southeast Council of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union(RWDSU), whose membership includes 10,000 men and women in Georgia, announced the union’sendorsement of Stacey Abrams in her bid to be the next Governor of Georgia. This endorsement comesjust days after the RWDSU announced its endorsement of Ceasar Mitchell for Atlanta Mayor and on theheels of the union’s ground support for Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District race earlierthis year. Continue reading