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Tue Apr 24, 2018, 03:55 PM

Burgerville Workers Just Became the First Officially Recognized Fast-Food Union

Source: Eater

The election to be recognized as a federally recognized union was a landslide
by Alex Frane

In a historic move, employees at Burgerville store #41 on 92nd and Powell voted Monday to make their branch of the Burgerville Workers Union (BVWU) the first officially recognized fast food workers union in the country. The vote, overseen by the National Labor Relations Board, was overwhelmingly in favor, with 18 members of the bargaining unit voting yes, and four voting no.

The BVWU is a part of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Portland chapter, though the formation and activity has been exclusively lead by Burgerville employees. In a press release, Mark Medina, a member of the freshly recognized union wrote, “What happened here [Monday] is historic...Burgerville workers are at the forefront of their own movement, proving to everyone that we can change our lives and our world for the better.”

The union is eager to move forward with negotiations, as federal recognition should give it more bargaining power at the table. In response, Burgerville corporate released a statement and video, with Beth Brewer, Senior VP of Operations, saying, “Our employees have spoken, we hear them, and we support their decision. We will navigate this new working relationship together in a positive, productive way and bargain in good faith with the union at Burgerville Store #41.”

While the BVWU has members in many of the Burgerville locations, only the union at store #41 is officially recognized. But that might soon change, as the Gladstone Burgerville branch recently filed to hold its own election, with workers optimistic a vote would have the same result as the Powell branch’s did. “Much love and many congratulations to workers at 92nd and Powell,” said Dylan Fitzwater, a worker at the Gladstone Burgerville. “As we face down retaliation at Gladstone for organizing our own election, we know they’ll have our backs.” The date is not yet set for this election.

FULL story at link below photo.



Read more: https://pdx.eater.com/2018/4/24/17275346/burgerville-workers-unionize-vote-fast-food

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Reply Burgerville Workers Just Became the First Officially Recognized Fast-Food Union (Original post)
Omaha Steve Apr 2018 OP
mountain grammy Apr 2018 #1
SWBTATTReg Apr 2018 #2
Sherman A1 Apr 2018 #3
onecent Apr 2018 #4
Kotya Apr 2018 #5
CentralMass Apr 2018 #7
TheCowsCameHome Apr 2018 #8
Kotya Apr 2018 #9
rzemanfl Apr 2018 #10
tiredtoo Apr 2018 #12
chwaliszewski Apr 2018 #15
geardaddy Apr 2018 #6
calimary Apr 2018 #11
BigmanPigman Apr 2018 #13
blueinredohio Apr 2018 #14
flibbitygiblets Apr 2018 #16
Odoreida May 2018 #19
gopiscrap Apr 2018 #17
OxQQme Apr 2018 #18

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 03:59 PM

1. Solidarity

Great news.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 04:01 PM

2. Wonderful! Wish all were like that...in

St. Louis MO a lot of the $15 dollar a hour movement would first meet at the McDonald's near us and start their protests for higher pay there. Unfortunately when the cities of KCMO and STLMO enacted higher than the state's (MO) minimum wage, the state legislature (of course repug dominated) invalidated the city ordinances and prevented other cities in the state of MO from enacting other similar higher min. wage ordinances.

I haven't worked in the field for some time at min. wage, I had another better paying job in another field, but my other half did. I think lot of us here in MO can't wait to roll these repubs out of office, especially w/ this memory intact, that their actions and solely their actions took thousands of dollars out of the pockets of a lot of these people. Disgraceful. These folks going for higher min. wages are simply trying to make a decent living. That's it.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 04:03 PM

3. K&R

Union!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 04:03 PM

4. Good for them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 04:08 PM

5. Coming soon to Burgerville:

 

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Response to Kotya (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 04:18 PM

7. :-(

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Response to Kotya (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 04:22 PM

8. Somebody alerted on this.

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Response to TheCowsCameHome (Reply #8)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 04:34 PM

9. Good grief. Seriously? (n/t)

 

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Response to TheCowsCameHome (Reply #8)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 04:41 PM

10. bookmarking n/t

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Response to Kotya (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 05:40 PM

12. Already there at McDonalds EOM

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Response to Kotya (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 05:49 PM

15. Do you have proof of this claim...

or are you just trying to troll? I eat at Burgerville and have heard no such thing will be happening. And, good for them unionizing.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 04:11 PM

6. Great news!

Just have one nit to pick with the author of the article: it's "led by" not "lead by"

Solidarity!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 05:06 PM

11. That's FANTASTIC!!!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 05:46 PM

13. YEAH! It is about time!!!!!!

I boycott places that screw people and unions over like Walmart. I tried to get Macy's unionized and was reprimanded by the Vice President of my store even though I was discussing it during my paid break time. After that the store fell into bankruptcy (for the second time in 3 years) and I went back to college to get a second degree and vowed it would d be in a profession that had a union. That is one reason I chose to become a teacher and eventually became a union rep for my school site.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 05:48 PM

14. Good for them, maybe it will become a trend

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 05:54 PM

16. So proud that Portland OR is once again ahead of the curve on social justice issues

I NEVER eat fast food because it's barely technically food. Burgerville is my one rare exception, partly because their food is REAL, wholesome, locally sourced, sustainable etc. whenever possible. Also because I know people who work there who say they pay a fair living wage with bennies (including healthcare!), something pretty much unheard of in other FF work.

It's also insanely delicious.

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Response to flibbitygiblets (Reply #16)

Tue May 15, 2018, 12:05 PM

19. Portland is ahead, but there is no "curve".

 

This will have zero effect on national franchises.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 06:56 PM

17. Good for them!!!!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 07:01 PM

18. Hey! that's my Burgerville.

Good for them.

Strawberries are back.
And rosemary fries.
Yum.

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