A Second Store of Burger Chain Has Just Gone Union

By Sahid Fawaz

Workers at a Portland, Oregon scored another victory in their battle to become union.

The Oregonian reports:

“A two-year campaign to organize fast-food workers at Burgerville restaurants in the Portland area gained momentum as the chain’s Gladstone location became the second to form a federally recognized union.

Employees at the Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard outpost voted 17-5 in favor during a two-day election that ended Sunday night. The victory comes less than three weeks after workers at a Burgerville in Southeast Portland approved a historic union vote.

‘The fight won’t be over until Burgerville stops paying us poverty wages, stops threatening undocumented immigrants through their use of e-verify, and stops treating us like we’re disposable,’ members of the Burgerville Workers Union said in a statement. ‘We demand respect, and we won’t stop until we get it.’

In April, workers at the chain’s Southeast 92nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard location became the first in decades to organize a union drive at a fast food establishment. Members of the Industrial Workers of the World — better known as the Wobblies — in 2016 helped launch the union campaign, which has been led by restaurant employees.

Members of the union want a $5 an hour raise, health care for all workers and schedules set two weeks in advance. They’re also asking the company for paid holidays, family care and for the chain to stop checking employees’ immigration status.”

For the rest of the story, visit The Oregonian here.

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