After two years in the trenches, and a tense confrontation last year with their employer, Housing Works staffers across New York City have voted to unionize.
The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union announced on Dec. 23 that the nonprofit’s workers voted 88% to 12% to join the national union, which represents 100,000 workers across the country.
The holiday vote was the largest union election in New York state this year, union officials said.
“These workers experienced a needlessly long fight to unionize their workplace. Their tenacity, and fortitude never wavered in this unnecessarily long process, which was stalled by their employer at every turn,” said union president Stuart Appelbaum.