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    Default Re: In Historic Election, Portland Burgerville Workers Vote To Unionize

    Burgerville workers eye 3rd union shop in Portland area

    https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/...ye_3rd_un.html

    Workers at a Southeast Portland Burgerville said they plan to unionize, a move that would allow them to join two other locations in negotiating a contract with the company.

    The group said the company had until Friday to voluntarily recognize the Burgerville Workers Union at the store.

    Should the Vancouver-based company decline, workers will petition the National Labor Relations Board for a government-administered election, which a pair of stores successfully held earlier this year.
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    https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/...-unionize.html

    Employees of a third Burgerville restaurant in the Portland area have approved forming a union.

    Workers at a Portland store at 1122 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. voted 13-9 in favor. Employees voted Monday and Tuesday.
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    These Burgerville employees organized the first official fast-food labor union in the country


    PORTLAND, OREGON — “This is what I like to call our victory picket,” said Chase Alexander, an employee at regional fast-food chain Burgerville, referring to a string of workers and community supporters, brandishing signs with union slogans, who surrounded the entrance of one restaurant location last month.

    Alexander is a member of the Burgerville Workers Union (BVWU), which, after more than two years of organizing through strikes and workplace actions, had just struck another victory. A third Burgerville location won a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election in a 13-9 vote on December 11, 2018, following two other locations over the previous year. Now, the third shop could join the other two in bargaining the first contract, making it the largest federally-recognized fast-food workers union in the country.

    The BVWU campaign, which grew out of the radical anti-capitalist labor union Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), hasn’t just defied the odds — it has completely rewritten the rules of what is possible in a modern union. It officially launched in April 2016 after a year of preliminary organization, when a delegation of workers, supported by local faith and union leaders, marched into the Vancouver, Washington office of Burgerville and demanded recognition of their union. Burgerville pushed back, and what ensued was more than two years of worker-led organizing over multiple stores, all done without paid staff, large budgets, or political machines.
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    Default Re: In Historic Election, Portland Burgerville Workers Vote To Unionize

    Workers unionize at two more Burgerville stores
    Workers at two more Burgerville restaurants are seeking formal union recognition. On March 11, union delegations to management presented signatures from a majority of workers at the company’s Convention Center location, 1135 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., and at its Montavilla location, 8218 NE Glisan St. If the company doesn’t voluntarily recognize the union, workers will ask the National Labor Relations Board to hold elections. That would bring to five the number of stores that are officially union. The others are at 3504 SE 92nd Ave, 19119 SE McLoughlin Blvd., and 1122 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

    The Burgerville Workers Union is calling on supporters to boycott all stores until a union contract is signed. Though bargaining is under way, it’s not clear that will happen soon: At a March 6 negotiation session, the company made a wage offer: A raise of 13 cents an hour. The union is calling for a raise of $5 an hour.
    https://nwlaborpress.org/2019/03/wor...rville-stores/

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    Default Re: In Historic Election, Portland Burgerville Workers Vote To Unionize

    13 cents an hour! What a @#$%ing joke.
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    https://www.wweek.com/news/2019/04/0...e-to-unionize/


    Late last week, workers at two Portland Burgerville stores, at the Convention Center and in Montavilla, voted to formally unionize.

    The elections bring the total number of local Burgerville unionized restaurants up to five. Last April, employees at the chain's 92nd and Powell Street location voted to found the first fast food union in the nation.

    In a statement, the Burgerville Workers Union writes that 67 percent of employees at the Convention Center location voted in favor of unionizing and at the Montavilla store 63 percent voted yes.
    But we all know it is easier said than done getting a contract.

    https://www.wweek.com/news/2019/03/1...t-their-union/


    Morrisha Jones is eight months pregnant—and suspended without pay from her job at Burgerville.

    She says that's because the restaurant chain is retaliating against her for joining Burgerville's nascent labor union.

    Her official violation? She left her name tag at home. But she says her manager didn't hide his real intent: "Whoever is involved in the union," Jones recalls him saying, "he's going to treat them differently."

    Four of Jones' co-workers at that restaurant tell WW similar stories. They claim their manager is retaliating against them for agitating to join the Burgerville Workers Union. In the 72 hours after 31 of the restaurant's 34 employees signed and presented a letter to management March 11 asking for voluntary recognition, workers say managers at the Convention Center store doled out dozens of write-ups, two suspensions and one firing.
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    Default Re: In Historic Election, Portland Burgerville Workers Vote To Unionize

    Workers at Three Burgerville Locations on Strike Over Denied Wage Increases

    Union workers at three Portland Burgerville stores went on strike Friday, protesting what they call “bad faith bargaining” from Burgerville over contract negotiations.

    The Burgerville Workers Union (BVWU) has been pressuring Burgerville for wage increases for over a year, with little result. Burgerville announced earlier this week that they will begin to allow tipping, but an employee SE 92nd and Powell location told the Mercury that "Tips are great, but tips are not a reliable income.”

    "Tips mean the customer is subsidizing our paychecks,” continued Mark Medina, the Burgerville worker,” and the company doesn't have to lose any money by giving us living wages."

    Employees at the restaurant chain’s storefronts on SE 12th and Hawthorne, SE 92nd and Powell, and NE 82nd and Glisan—a total of more than 50 people—are participating in Friday’s strike. They plan on returning to work Saturday.
    https://www.portlandmercury.com/blog...wage-increases

 

 
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