Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Jimmy John's workers organize in Baltimore; Will metro Detroit follow?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 1:36 PM

In These Times has an interesting story about the fast food workers of Baltimore-area Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches organizing under the Industrial Workers of the World: Fast-Food Workers Bite Back at Jimmy John's Sandwich Shops

Though the Jimmy John’s employees in Baltimore have only been informally organizing for about six months, they say their nascent efforts have already prompted harsh responses from management, including interrogation of employees about union activities. Last week, union supporters filed six unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), arguing that such behavior is a form of illegal workplace discipline and harassment.

In addition to their recent anti-union maneuvers, Jimmy John’s managers—who together own all three Baltimore locations—have generally failed to recognize the legitimate grievances of workers, says Isaac Dalto, a delivery driver at the restaurant’s Inner Harbor location. According to Dalto, these demands include higher pay, employee-friendly scheduling of work shifts, paid sick days, time-and-a-half pay for delivery divers working in hazardous weather conditions, and a harassment-free workplace.

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Will Jimmy John's workers in metro Detroit organize? Or are they already? Let us know in the comments section below.

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