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Architects In New York City ‘Take A Step That’s Nearly Unheard Of’ - SHoP Architect Staffers Announce Unionization Drive, Seek To ‘Go Union’ With The IAMAW

Published Tuesday, December 28, 2021
by Josh Niland/Archinect.com
Architects In New York City ‘Take A Step That’s Nearly Unheard Of’ - SHoP Architect Staffers Announce Unionization Drive, Seek To ‘Go Union’ With The IAMAW

(NEW YORK CITY) - Employees at the well-regarded SHoP Architects Firm have announced they are seeking to change the formula of long hours for middling pay by taking a step that is nearly unheard-of in their field - they are seeking to Unionize, according to a report published in The New York Times.

The Labor Organizers at SHoP Architects, which recently became Employee-owned, are proposing to join ranks with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW).

Architecture, in general, is behind the rest of the economy in terms of similar efforts that could become more and more common now with the public backing of industry groups like The Architecture Lobby, which recently threw its support behind Employees at the firm. 

“The Architecture Lobby stands in solidarity with Architectural Workers United at SHoP Architects and unequivocally supports their efforts to form a Union in their workplace,” the group's Statement of Support reads.  “As an organization of Architectural Workers, we call on the firm’s principals to voluntarily recognize the Union and engage in good faith negotiations with the Collective Bargaining Unit.”

“We’re very innovative in a lot of our office work,” SHoP Employee and Unionization backer Danielle Tellez told The Times. “This feels like an extension of our ambition to lead the industry, to innovate in the industry but for our professional standards.”

To Directly Access This Organizing Labor News Story, Go To: https://archinect.com/news/article/150291824/shop-staffers-announce-unionization-as-the-industry-continues-to-shift-away-from-traditional-firm-models?link_id=8&can_id=1b7947c6f82701013810b3be4fbc082b&source=email-union-matters-december-17-2021&email_referrer=email_1392378&email_subject=union-matters-december-23-2021

And For More, Go To: www.nycclc.org/news/2021-12/nyc-architects-seek-unionize-machinists

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