REI Employees Demand a Union

“CEO Jerry Stritzke made a comfortable $3.57 million in 2015 and is on track to making more this year,” Sawant said.

The forum was attended by Joe Earleywine who is the organizing director with UFCW Local 21 — one of the state’s largest unions. The Martin Luther King Jr. County Labor Council was also present. And REI employees from as far as North Carolina came to speak. Sawant said that her office was contacted by REI employees about their concerns and hopes of forming an REI union.

Employees want a better, more stable, scheduling system, more hours and better pay. They also want REI to allow them to form a union without retaliation. And REI employees allege that the issues they relate are not isolated, but experienced at stores across the country.

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