Back in April, I wrote about my shock that my Coop, The Wedge, had hired an anti-union law firm to negotiate with their warehouse employees who had voted to unionize. Coop members were outraged and The Wedge apologized and dumped the law firm.
Now I can happily report that the talks between the two parties have started:
The Wedge Co-op recently held its first bargaining session with union officials representing the co-op's warehouse employees, and both sides are optimistic about negotiations.
Wedge members rebelled in April after City Pages reported that the co-op had hired "anti-union" law firm Seaton Peters & Revnew to handle labor negotiations with newly unionized workers, prompting the beloved grocery store to dump its counsel. The Wedge's replacement law firm, Dorsey and Whitney, has "always been respectful to our folks," says union negotiator Jennifer Christensen.
"Now, the employer didn't respond to our proposals yet, but we remain hopeful that they will also look on these negotiations as an opportunity to improve things and make things fair and just and consistent," Christensen said. "And just better."
No word about firing their PR firm who didn't advise them very well at all on how to get and stay on top of this story.