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Yesterday, Berkeley Bowl workers voted against a union. When I started this blog, I hoped that it might become part of the conversation around the issue of a union. However, I also vowed not to be interventionist: I would not promote the blog. I would leave it as an open forum for employees to use as they wish. Except for a few comments, the blog never got traction. Perhaps it was never discovered, perhaps it was not useful.

The only action I ever took was to reach out to the key contact from the union in this issue, and I never got a response back.

Well, the votes have been counted, and the employees have spoken. I think it’s important to respect the decision.

I wish the employees and management of Berkeley Bowl the very best future. I thank you all do a wonderful job running the very best supermarket I have ever seen.

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Started a FAQ

Posted: January 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

The other day, I started a FAQ. Feel free to post comments or questions, and I will update it.

I’ve been a Berkeley resident and Berkeley Bowl shopper for nearly 25 years. I’ve always found it ironic that Berkeley Bowl employees have never been able to form a union in the most liberal city in the USA. Then, I read an article at Berkeleyside about how Berkeley Bowl employees are going to get a new chance to vote for a union. A few weeks earlier, I read an analysis of how the workers at the Newburgh Can Plant created a blog where they could discuss their own union election anonymously, liberating them from repercussions from management.

Finally, I read the following in a letter from the National Labor Relations Board:

“The election conducted on June 23, 2010 was set aside by mutual agreement of the parties based upon alleged objectionable conduct of the employer that interfered with exercise of a free and reasonable choice”

This was the last straw. I have decided it is is time to act. Berkeley Bowl employees are the hardest working, most dedicated, and service-oriented workers I know, and it’s time I pay it back.

This blog is a gift to the Berkeley Bowl employees who deserve a union. This is a place where you can educate each other about the union and organize anonymously. My hope is that this anonymity can provide a safe place for Berkeley Bowl employees to express their views and ask questions with fear of reprisals by management. Think of it like a 24/7 campaign meeting. Please read this article for more background.

Please feel free to post anonymously. You can send me anything to publish, and I promise to protect your anonymity.

I’m doing this because I believe a Berkeley Bowl employee union would be better for all parties: management, employees, and shoppers.

And whoever recommended that greek yogurt to use as starter for homemade yogurt about a month ago: thanks! It worked awesome.