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“I Am So Excited To Unionize Because I Know It Will Help Us To Be Compensated Appropriately For The Work We Do - In Minnesota, Workers ‘Form First Union At A National Book Store Chain’

Published Tuesday, December 21, 2021
by United Food & Commercial Workers Union News
“I Am So Excited To Unionize Because I Know It Will Help Us To Be Compensated Appropriately For The Work We Do - In Minnesota, Workers ‘Form First Union At A National Book Store Chain’

(THE TWIN CITIES, MINNESOTA) - Workers employed at three Half Price Books locations in Minnesota have won Union recognition after a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Election, making this the first Union at the National Chain Half Price Books.

Workers Unionized with United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Locals 663 and 1189 to secure livable wages, better working conditions and a seat at the table to be able to transform those ideas into reality, Union Officials said.

Stores in Coon Rapids, Roseville and St. Paul filed for Union Elections in mid-October this year.

“For us at Northtown, a vote for the Union is a vote for securing our agency and voice as Workers.  We look forward to negotiating a contract that will make this an even better and more Democratic place to work for current and future Employees, to the benefit of both - those of us at the store and the company as a whole,” the Workers at the Coon Rapids (Northtown) store said in a released statement.

Roseville Store Employee Aaron Kerr said: “We have faced many issues over many years and are now prepared to make our store one of the greatest places in the world to work.  It is truly a historic day for everyone.”

Hanna Anderson, who’s employed at the St. Paul Half Price Books location, said: “We’re excited to Unionize because we’ve been working so hard throughout the pandemic and faced huge challenges - like low staffing levels, on-the-spot training, overwhelming workloads, all while risking COVID exposure every day we go into work.  Through it all, we’ve stuck together. We all want to continue working at Half Price Books and it’s exactly because we enjoy working here that we want to Unionize and make it a place that we can sustainably stay employed long-term.  I’m so excited to Unionize because I know it will help us to be compensated appropriately for the work we do, to have a voice in policies affecting our ability to do our day to day jobs, and to protect the benefits we have earned!”

The Twin Cities is home to six Half Price Books stores: Apple Valley; Coon Rapids; Maplewood; St. Louis Park; St. Paul; and Roseville.

Workers at the St. Louis Park Half Price Books location are currently voting by mail and their Union Election results will be available in a couple of weeks, the UFCW said.

UFCW Local 663 represents more than 13,200 Retail, Meat Packing and Processing, Food Preparation and Manufacturing, Health Care and other Workers in Minnesota and Iowa.

Local 663 is part of the 1.3 million-Member UFCW International Union.

To Directly Access This Labor News Story, Go To: www.ufcw663.org/blog/2021/12/16/minnesota-bookstore-workers-win-union-recognition-from-nlrb-forming-first-union-at-national-chain-half-price-books/?fbclid=IwAR0L0tqYXSc6PQ8ou7MGd4uyiq0URvyYrFzJJ0uIs7mBu8kqqmrclZWujrk

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