BN Store Staff Goes on Strike

From Publishers Weekly:

The unionized staff of the Barnes & Noble location in Hadley, Massachusetts, staged a walkout on August 25 to draw attention to concerns over inadequate staffing. The B&N employees, represented by UFCW Local 1459, have filed an Unfair Labor Practice complaint to address the staffing issues.

According to local news station WWLP, the walkout, which lasted from 2pm to 5pm, was attended not just by B&N staff but also members of the Western Mass Area Labor Federation, which includes unions such as the Massachusetts Society of Professors, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, and United Auto Workers Local 2322, as well as members of Trader Joe’s United and the River Valley Democratic Socialists of America.

In an interview with MASS LIVE, UFCW Local 1459 organizing director Drew Weisse said that approximately one dozen B&N employees participated in the walk out, adding that the store had 18 unionized staff at one time but is now down to 11 or 12. “This is an ongoing issue for staff,” Weisse told Mass Live. “The company sends management personnel from other stores rather than hiring replacement staff when someone quits.”

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4 thoughts on “BN Store Staff Goes on Strike”

  1. Well, of course they ‘send management personnel from other stores’. Managers aren’t union members and would not be accepted as such even if they applied. I think you’ll find that most unionized businesses keep an excessive head count of ‘managers’ precisely to help them cope with strikes.

    By the way, I wonder just who it was that chose UFCW Local 1459 to represent these particular retail workers. The turnover in retail work is so rapid, it wouldn’t surprise me to find that every single person who voted to unionize has since moved on to other employment. I have known such cases in the past. I am particularly reminded of a union local that was supposed to represent airport security workers at a particular airport, which (I was told by one of those workers) did nothing but collect their dues, but was impossible to get rid of because the rules for decertification were so much more stringent than the requirements to unionize in the first place. None of the people working there at the time had voted to be represented by that union, but they were stuck with it because their long-vanished predecessors had voted it in.

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