REI, the shopping mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, has balked at recognizing its newly unionized workers. They accuse the retailer of breaking labor laws, which the company denies.
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More than 260 workers will be able to begin voting on Wednesday. Results are expected late Saturday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Friday that the House is expected to vote on a resolution next week that would allow congressional staffers to unionize.
Apple retail employees in Towson have formed CORE, the Coalition of Organized Retail Employees. They sent a letter to Apple's CEO saying the majority of employees at the store support forming a union.
Amazon will face two union elections at once. Federal officials have set a union vote for Amazon workers at a Staten Island warehouse, coinciding with the ongoing re-do election in Bessemer, Ala.
Last year, Alabama workers voted against forming the first unionized Amazon warehouse in the U.S. Then, federal labor officials said Amazon unfairly influenced that election. Now, a re-vote begins.
Starbucks workers at 15 additional stores are petitioning for a a union election, pushing to organize cafes across the country. In Buffalo, the first store to unionize is negotiating a contract.
Federal labor officials found enough support among Amazon workers on Staten Island to pave wave for a union election. It could be the second union vote for Amazon this year.
Baristas and other workers from three stores voted whether to unionize. Starbucks fought the plan. Now, workers at four additional U.S. locations are also pursuing union votes.
Voting is ending at three stores around Buffalo, N.Y. Starbucks had flown in executives to the area and asked federal officials to delay the ballot count.