Bull Moose Retail Workers In New Hampshire Unionize With UFCW For COVID Safety & ‘To Support Good Union Jobs’ For 12,000 New England Front Line Workers
(SALEM, NEW HAMPSHIRE) - United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1445, which represents 12,000 Essential Workers in grocery, health care and other front line industries across New England, has announced Retail Workers at Bull Moose in Salem have voted unanimously to Unionize.
The Union vote comes after Bull Moose fired Workers in May 2021 for speaking out about COVID-19 Pandemic safety risks on the job after the store removed its mask mandate.
Customers and the local community stood with the Workers who were unjustly fired and Bull Moose responded to the backlash by offering to rehire thee Workers.
Bull Moose Workers also cited workplace harassment as one of the major reasons for Unionizing with UFCW Local 1445 to improve working conditions and ensure their voices were heard as they continue to serve their community during the pandemic.
Workers at Bull Moose Salem reached out to the UFCW Local 1445 after their complaints about workplace safety and experiencing harassment on the job in the form of racism, sexism, transphobia and homophobia - which they said management continued to ignore.
Now that they have voted for a Union, the next step for the Bull Moose Workers is negotiating their first Union contract with Bull Moose management.
“We are excited to welcome Bull Moose Workers to our Union Family and look forward to helping Bull Moose workers secure their first Union contract. These Workers came to us after management ignored their complaints about workplace safety and harassment. No Worker should have to experience this. The past year has demonstrated the value of having a Unionized workplace and we know that a strong Union contract will help make Bull Moose a better place for Workers, customers and our community,” UFCW Local 1445 President Fernando Lemus.
Bull Moose Worker Whitney Villers said: “We believe nobody who works at Bull Moose should have to worry about being fired for simply requesting safety improvements and speaking out against mistreatment. All of us are working hard to care for ourselves, our families and our customers. What we are asking of management is to help us feel safe at work. We all deserve to have a voice, be heard and be treated with dignity and respect at work. We’re looking forward to seeing Bull Moose Workers across New Hampshire and Maine come together and join us at the negotiating table as we secure a Union contract that improves these jobs for all of us.”
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