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Edible Schoolyard New York City Workers Win Voluntary Recognition Of Union With CWA Local 1180

Published Monday, January 27, 2020
by New York AFL-CIO Central Labor Council News
Edible Schoolyard New York City Workers Win Voluntary Recognition Of Union With CWA Local 1180

(NEW YORK CITY) - The Staff of Edible Schoolyard New York City has won voluntary recognition of its Union with Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1180!

The Edible Schoolyard Workers run programs in New York City schools that teach young kids about food justice and healthy eating through gardening and cooking fresh healthy food.

The 18-person Bargaining Unit includes Garden and Kitchen Teachers, Garden, Program and Network Managers, Coordinators and Assistants.

The Edible Schoolyard New York City Staff Members “are excited to join” with Local 1180 Members at non-profits and city agencies, Union Officials said.

"We ‘got fed up with a lack of pay parity, lack of transparency and not having a voice over the issues that affected us,’" said Rosa Marruffo, Program Manager at PS7. "My Co-Workers and I ‘decided that the best way to make our jobs more sustainable and fix problems was to organize so we could negotiate as equals with management and put everything in a contract.’  ‘Now that we've stood up and made our voices heard, we can't wait to get to the bargaining table.’"

In October 2019, a delegation of Edible Schoolyard Workers delivered a petition for Union Recognition to management with 95% of Workers signed on.

Workers showed management their overwhelming unity and commitment to Unionizing through letters, petitions, and meetings with management and the board.

Management chose to voluntarily recognize the Union instead of fighting at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

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