Whole Foods Co-op Workers Win Union Election

On Thursday January 26, workers at Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth Minnesota voted 43-42 to form a Union and join the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1189.  The official vote tally was being held up as seven ballots were challenged based on supervisory status.  The challenged votes have now been determined to be management and therefor will not count in the final results.  After the results are certified, the new UFCW members will begin the process of electing a bargaining committee from amongst their coworkers and creating an initial contract proposal for contract negotiations.  "The organizing committee worked really hard even though management was working every day to make people affraid.  I am so proud of them for sticking together dispite the fear tactics," said Diana Tastad, the lead organizer on the campaign.

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