BERKELEY, CA – Today, Berkeley REI workers officially won their union election, voting to join the 30,000 Bay Area workers represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5 and to join the wave of retail employees who are organizing their workplaces across the country.

The official vote, tallied by the National Labor Relations Board, was 56 to 38.

 

“Winning today’s vote could not be more exciting,” said REI Berkeley employee Bryn Lewin-Ofell (they/them). "We can't wait for our store to come together and take the next step of this journey, where we get to make the changes that we need to see in our store. If you are an REI worker and you’re thinking about unionizing, get in touch with us. We’ve got your backs!"

 

"This opportunity to have a voice in my work world gives me great hope for all my other green vests at REI and retail workers nationally,” said REI Berkeley employee Sharon Delap (she/her). “Improving our daily experience and having our needs met by management with a union contract will help us better serve our REI community."

 

“By winning today’s vote, REI workers in Berkeley have shown for a second time that REI workers are ready to stand shoulder-to-shoulder and fight for the future they deserve,” said International Vice President Dave Young (he/him). “Their victory, just like REI Soho’s victory in New York, will serve as an inspiration for their colleagues across the country. Today, UFCW is ready to help those workers build successful organizing campaigns wherever there is interest and help them fight for a stronger future together.” 

 

“UFCW Local 5 is overjoyed to welcome our newest members from REI Berkeley,” said John Nunes (he/him), UFCW Local 5 President. “These workers have chosen to band together to fight for the workplace they deserve. Their efforts, together with their colleagues in New York who organized with RWDSU/UFCW and every REI worker who is inspired to organize their own stores, will transform REI for the better. As we move to the bargaining phase of this process, UFCW Local 5 will support these members every step of the way.”

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WE ARE THE

REI UNION

We are unionizing at REI!

At REI, we are the ones who do the majority of the day-to-day operations, and our labor is why this company is profitable. The work we do is valuable, and we deserve to be treated like it. When we start unions at our stores, we have a voice on the job and are able to negotiate a contract that improves our working conditions and guarantees the benefits we deserve.

We know the REAL way forward is with a union. That’s why we came together at Berkeley to advocate for better wages, working conditions, and job protections – all backed by a union contract. No matter which store you work in, you deserve a union and all the benefits that come with it.

Ready to start a union at your REI store?

 

BREAKING: REI BERKELEY WORKERS VOTED YES TO UNIONIZE

Why We're Unionizing At REI

REI Berkeley Union worker holding sign that reads, "I am voting union yes because in life, change is inevitable. In business, change is vital.
REI Soho Union worker holding sign that reads, "I am voting union yes because as a Chinese-American, I shouldn't have to cite xenophobic attacks as the reason why I can't work late/closing shifts."
REI Berkeley Union worker holding sign that reads, "Rich people are telling us not to unionize."
REI Berkeley Union worker holding sign that reads, "Outdoors for all means more than white, cis men."
REI Soho Union worker holding sign that reads, "We got further together."
REI Berkeley Union worker holding sign that reads, "We deserve a collective voice."
 
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A union is a group of coworkers who come together to make work better.

This means WE are the union. We determine what our priorities are and set our goals for negotiations.

 

UFCW and RWDSU’s role is to to help us build our union, whether that’s helping us organize our stores, supplying legal aid, assisting in contract negotiations, or providing representatives to protect the rights and benefits we negotiate in our union contracts.

CAN

Bargain over all your working conditions, not just those REI wants to change.

Get representation, including in contract and policy negotiations and disciplinary meetings.

Have a say in all company policies that affect working conditions.

Have real job security and protection from unjust termination.

When you have a union, you…

CANNOT

Implement a contract that has not received a majority vote from you and your coworkers.

Be required to have union representation in your conversations with management.

Go on strike unless a vast majority of your coworkers vote yes to do so.

Get terminated without sufficient cause.

When you have a union, you…

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