Workers at Bloomingfoods Co-op in Bloomington, Indiana are organizing a union with UFCW Local 700 to win respect, better benefits, and a voice on the job. Here’s what they have to say:
“I love the people that I work with, the food and products that I sell and eat, and the customers and member-owners that I’m so lucky to interact with. [Organizing] has the potential to create better job security, due process, improved health benefits, strengthened voices and communication.” –-Abby Shifriss
“I love Bloomingfoods and I believe it can still be one of the great hopes for our community’s future. But I am tired of watching intelligent and kind-hearted employees leave due to neglect and mistreatment. …I support a union because I believe the workers deserve a voice within Bloomingfoods!”--Andy Marrs
“Unionizing our co-op will bring a sense of camaraderie and give workers a voice in a safe and equitable workplace. Bloomingfoods is part of what I love most about Bloomington. …Pro co-op! Pro union!”--Casie Jetter
Unfortunately, instead of supporting workers in their efforts to create a better working environment, Bloomingfoods has taken a page from their corporate competitors’ playbook. The co-op has even hired a union-busting law firm to silence workers’ voices.
But Bloomingfoods workers won’t be silenced. They’ve launched a petition calling on the company to respect their right to organize. Will you sign and then share with your friends and coworkers?