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(en) US, Berkeley Fabrics Workers Join the IWW

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Mon, 7 Apr 2003 17:44:00 +0200 (CEST)

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We, the majority of Employees at Stonemountain
and Daughter Fabrics has come together as a union!

Even though our store has been part of the Berkeley
community for over 20 years, fundamental employee issues
continue to be ignored! We need to make positive changes
in our workplace so we can better serve our customers,
employers and community.

Customers from near and far, can count on Stonemountain
and Daughter Fabrics to offer a superb selection of fabrics
at great prices with personal, expert customer service.

A very significant part of what makes our store so
wonderful is the creativity, love of textiles, expertise,
experience, and hard work of the staff. However, for years,
there have been serious, unaddressed problems with the
way employees are treated by the owners.

The primary problems are: Lack of respect Inequities in
pay and scheduling Constant, confusing re-direction of
tasks Little apparent trust in employee capabilities
Arbitrary, inconsistent training and treatment Few clearly
written proceedures Little effective delegation of
responsibility No opportunity for advancement or benefits

These on-going issues cause resentment, high stress and
very low morale. They negatively impact our
owner/employee relations. Staff departure is very high!


For more than a year; we have met collectively to support
one another, discuss our issues, and research our
alternatives. Now we have formed a union in order to bring
about positive, lasting change that will benefit not only
current employees, but also our customers, the whole store,
and employee/owner relations for years to come.

AS A UNION, we will be able to work more effectively
with our employers. Our interaction with them will be
much more professional AND OUR ISSUES WILL BE

Improvements we seek include:

Respect for all employees as skilled and trusted
professionals Clear and fair procedures for airing and
resolving issues Equitable pay rates and scheduling Job
and task descriptions Periodic staff meetings Access to

We very much care about our customers, our store, and
each other.

That is why we are going to so much effort to improve our
workplace environment. We want the owners and the
community to know that this is not a mere frivolous
complaint or personal attack on our employers or the store.

Happy, involved, respected employees make a business
stronger and we want both!

Please support our Union drive!

Link: www.iww.org

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