May 28, 2009

Congrats, NYC H&M Employees!

More that a thousand employees at hip clothing retailer H&M finally have a union contract! Workers at Manhattan H&M stores were organized by Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Local 1102 and, as a result of the new contract, will have a 3% wage increase per year and scheduling protection, among other benefits.

The H&M organizing effort involved majority sign-up, where a majority of H&M employees signed union cards to gain recognition. Sometimes called "card check," majority sign-up is a provision of the Employee Free Choice Act which, if passed, would make it easier for more workers to get a union the way that the H&M workers did.

The majority sign-up model used to organize at H&M allowed workers to form a union more quickly than they would otherwise have been able to.

UFCW congratulates the members of RWDSU Local 1102 on their new contract!

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