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    Default In Historic Election, Portland Burgerville Workers Vote To Unionize

    https://www.opb.org/news/article/fas...-oregon-union/

    Among the 29 employees at the Southeast Portland store, 18 have aligned themselves with the Burgerville Workers Union, a campaign launched by members of the Industrial Workers of the World in April 2016.

    The group celebrated a big victory Monday evening after a two-day election, overseen by the National Labor Relations Board, secured an 82 percent vote in support of forming a union. Organizers say that makes them one of the only federally recognized unions in the fast food industry. The election win will now legally require Burgerville to negotiate in good faith with its workers, who have a list of demands that include a wage increase, parental leave and greater access to affordable health care.

    Medina says all of this began about three years ago when he connected with Luis Brennan, a Burgerville employee who is also a member of the IWW.

    “We started talking to people and finding out what it was like at Burgerville,” said Brennan. “And the union just grew and we eventually went public.”

    Brennan, Medina and a group of other low wage workers eventually hatched a plan to form a Burgerville union and officially went public with their campaign in 2016.
    Burgerville is a Portland, OR local chain of about 50 stores. While I don't gravitate towards the fast food stuff if I have a choice I'll go there rather than the national chains. Anyway I hope that they realize that the hard work is now just beginning.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burgerville
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    Default Re: In Historic Election, Portland Burgerville Workers Vote To Unionize

    Quote Originally Posted by RedRollingRoadblock View Post
    https://www.opb.org/news/article/fas...-oregon-union/



    Burgerville is a Portland, OR local chain of about 50 stores. While I don't gravitate towards the fast food stuff if I have a choice I'll go there rather than the national chains. Anyway I hope that they realize that the hard work is now just beginning.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burgerville
    Ate there many times in Camas.

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

    In and out of the paper mill?

    GP announced major layoffs there is winter. Cut back workforce to only several hundred. Donn't recall all the details.

    Years ago there was a good off-colored joke going around. PM me and I'll share.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by RedRollingRoadblock View Post
    In and out of the paper mill?

    GP announced major layoffs there is winter. Cut back workforce to only several hundred. Donn't recall all the details.

    Years ago there was a good off-colored joke going around. PM me and I'll share.
    My Daughter lived in Camas. Granddaughter played ball for the "Papermakers." I saw that 400 were layed off at the mill.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by RedRollingRoadblock View Post
    https://www.opb.org/news/article/fas...-oregon-union/



    Burgerville is a Portland, OR local chain of about 50 stores. While I don't gravitate towards the fast food stuff if I have a choice I'll go there rather than the national chains. Anyway I hope that they realize that the hard work is now just beginning.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burgerville
    Their food is top notch. They had local blackberry shakes last summer. The burgers actually come to your table looking exactly like the picture on the menu, not some pathetic, squashed mess like the others serve.

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

    https://www.opb.org/news/article/bur...gon-gladstone/

    Workers at a second Burgerville store will decide whether they want to join a union.
    The move comes just days after employees at the Burgerville location on 92nd Street and Powell Boulevard in Portland voted to unionize.
    Workers at the Gladstone, Oregon, location will decide May 12-13 if they will follow suit.

    In a statement, Burgerville said it has waived a hearing with the National Labor Relations Board and supports its employees’ decision to hold an election.
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    Default Re: In Historic Election, Portland Burgerville Workers Vote To Unionize

    Great article about Wobbly Union History

    Burgerville fight revives the Wobblies, a radical union from Oregon's industrial past
    “Workers are pissed, and they want to change things,” said Mark Medina, who seized on the notion of organizing Burgerville workers while pulling shifts at the company’s Southeast 92nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard restaurant. "A lot of us are poor, hungry and even homeless."

    Their union drive has already won a historic victory, when workers at Medina’s shop voted in April to form a federally recognized union — the first in more than 40 years among fast-food employees nationwide.
    Since its 1905 founding in Chicago, the IWW has carved an uncommon path within the American labor movement. It envisioned workers seizing control of their industries, and, unlike other unions, trained a relentless focus on those cast into low-wage professions. Immigrants. Women. Itinerant and unskilled workers.

    “They intentionally went after the constituency who were least desirable to more established and mainstream unions,” said Adam Hodges, a history professor at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. “They wanted to organize the poor and the powerless and give them strength in numbers.”
    https://www.oregonlive.com/expo/erry...workers_u.html
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    Default Re: In Historic Election, Portland Burgerville Workers Vote To Unionize

    Burgerville Workers get Second Win

    Burgerville Workers Union notches 2nd victory with Gladstone vote | OregonLive.com

    A two-year campaign to organize fast-food workers at Burgerville restaurants in the Portland area gained momentum as the chain's Gladstone location became the second to form a federally recognized union.

    Employees at the Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard outpost voted 17-5 in favor during a two-day election that ended Sunday night. The victory comes less than three weeks after workers at a Burgerville in Southeast Portland approved a historic union vote.

    The election victories, overseen by the National Labor Relations Board, legally requires Burgerville to negotiate a contract with workers at both locations — something the company had refused to do voluntarily.
    The 17-5 vote sounds good but I am betting at least 15 or so didn't vote. Too bad for them as the company will just use those against the pro-union vote. SOSDD divide and conquer.

    Wife, That is a decent story about the Wobblies coming from the Three Time Weekly Fish Wrapper. (once a daily) There is so little news from the once dominate paper, I sorta skim the headlines from the website and move on. I never saw it until today when I saw the story link on the Gladstone store vote.
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    The Burgerville Workers Union Has Reportedly Filed Charges Against Burgerville [Updated]

    The union has responded to its button ban by contacting the National Labor Relations Board

    The Burgerville Workers Union (BWVU) has filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge against Burgerville with the National Labor Relations Board, according to a press release. The charges are in reaction to Burgerville banning employees from wearing buttons on the job, after multiple employees sported badges championing Black Lives Matters and anti-ICE sentiments.

    The union issued a statement, saying that it’s not only the forced removal of the buttons, but the fact that corporate had stated in union contract negotiations that they would have discussions before issuing policies like it. “This is particularly distasteful to the BVWU, not only because it is fundamentally wrong and unethical to side against workers taking anti-racist action, but because at the most recent contract negotiation session, corporate promised to work with the union on any future button policy,” the statement reads.

    The BVWU points to right-wing news sources stirring controversy and outrage about the buttons as a potential cause for Burgerville’s hastily implemented policy, saying, “When right wing anti-worker news sites, including Fox News and Breitbart, stoked outrage over the story online, Burgerville corporate panicked at the swell of negative and often racist online comments, and announced a unilateral reinstatement of the button ban.”
    https://pdx.eater.com/2018/9/13/1785...labor-practice

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

    What day is it ?
    Why it's National Cheeseburger Day !

    Burgerville Employees Go On Strike On National Cheeseburger Day
    It's been five days since Burgerville enacted its brand-new ban on workers wearing political buttons, and employees are on strike.
    Around noon today, a group of around 30 Burgerville workers picketed outside of the fast food chain's Montavilla location (at NE 82 and Glisan St.), carrying signs that read "Game On Bugerville" and "Keep Your Word."
    Multiple people driving down 82nd pulled over to grab handouts about the strike, as workers chanted: "One two three four, time to pay your workers more! Five six seven eight, union busting's what we hate!"
    Perhaps intentionally, the strike coincides with National Cheeseburger Day, a holiday that Burgerville has decided to celebrate by selling $1 cheeseburgers.
    This strike isn't just over workers not being allowed to wear buttons that say "Abolish ICE," "Black Lives Matter," or "No One is Illegal" on their uniforms. It's because members of the Burgerville Workers Union (BVWU) believe Burgerville management lied to them during contract negotiations.
    https://www.portlandmercury.com/blog...eeseburger-day
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