Willy Street Co-op employees vote to unionize

A majority (86 percent) of employees of the Willy St. Co-op voted for a union on a 249 to 40 vote. Media reports claim employees were frustrated by a “no-fault” attendance policy, one that has been challenged elsewhere by the ACLU, and a general “corporatization” of the co-op away from progressive values.

The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America will represent about 320 non-management employees at the co-op’s three locations, and comes with an agenda to increase wages, offer annual pay increases, and increase vacation time, according a Wisconsin State Journal story, but some employees are questioning where the money to accomplish such goals would come from.

With the vote to unionize, Willy Street Co-op workers became one of the largest workforces in the country to unionize this year, according to Isthmus.