Jimmy John's workers negotiating settlement on union

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The Jimmy John's Union lives.
Minneapolis Jimmy John's workers might still become the first officially recognized fast-food union in the country.

The National Labor Relations Board has found evidence that the franchise owners may have broken the law in the lead-up to the October vote in which pro-union workers narrowly lost by 87 to 85 votes.

Organizers brushed off the loss at the time, saying they didn't need official recognition to pressure franchise owners Rob and Mike Mulligan for better pay and working conditions. The organizers are affiliated with the Industrial Workers of the World, which has historically discounted the importance of recognition by the National Labor Relations Board.

But the workers also disputed the vote, filing a challenge with the board alleging that the Mulligans broke the law by pressuring workers to vote against the union in the lead-up to the vote.

The NLRB recently finished its investigation into the union's allegations.

"It's a mixed bag," NLRB Regional Director Marlin Osthus told City Pages today. "There's evidence to support that the employer violated the National Labor Relations Act in certain areas of its conduct. Other things that were alleged we didn't find any support for."

The findings have brought the Mulligans and union supporters back to the table, as the Labor Board attempts to broker a settlement. Osthus says he is optimistic that the settlement could be finalized as soon as tomorrow. One of the terms of the agreement, he says, is likely to be the nullification of the October vote, which would clear the way for another union vote in the future.

Union organizers declined to comment on the situation until the settlement has been finalized, and the franchise owners did not respond to a request for comment by the time of publication.

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Poppa Jacks Pizza
Poppa Jacks Pizza

I hope they include 'spit' on their new menu, listed ofcourse under 'freebies' like mayo (already suspect).

Radioman_1955
Radioman_1955

congrats on a job well done,,stick to it,,,,,encouage others to do the same,,,,

Wakka Wakka Wakka
Wakka Wakka Wakka

Pretty funny wobs getting the same rhetoric they give mainstream unions.

American
American

Union dues are tax deductible and never amount to more than 1% of your annual earnings. I'll gladly pay union dues if it means I gain due process in the workplace, a fair wage and fair benefits.

prole
prole

IWW is hella cheap, youre not gonna pay 1.50 dollars an hour.

p.s some union dues suck, some don't 5 bucks a month for higher wages, sounds posi to me

Wobbly
Wobbly

Hey you, reporter, yeah you! It's the INDUSTRIAL Workers of the World, not INTERNATIONAL. Ever heard of the word redundant? Look it up while you're actually researching what you're writing about...

Jhennessy18
Jhennessy18

There is obviously some vast ignorance about the IWW out there. The IWW is run by the workers on a local level and is not run by union bosses. BTW, most members can pay their months dues with a PORTION of their earnings from just ONE hour of work. Educate yourselves. It's not as fun as making ignorant statements, but you'll stop sounding like an ass.

Badger
Badger

Union = less money in the end for the workers... now they'll have to pay dues. Good luck getting an extra dollar an hour, only to pay a dollar fifty per hour in dues. Unions have there place, but I don't see this being a good fit.

Chief Steward
Chief Steward

I wonder if the previous poster is just a bitter Union-hater?

Just sayin'
Just sayin'

I wonder if the workers know that IWW is simply a business that makes money off its "members".

Jan
Jan

Yeah, the other unions, most of them, deserve the criticism. I work under AFSCME, which negotiated a contract a third grader could have done a better job of. AFSCME has taken my work situation backwards. (And I roundly hate that our union supports the DFL with my hard earned money! Unions should not support candidates, even if a majority of union members support a candidate.) But there are unions rising up, like the wobs and a new health care union in California, that are threatening the "business as usual" unions that are so common these days. Sal Rosselli (not sure of spelling), in California, is a guy to watch, as well as our local stars and go-getters who are getting national notice for their work at Jimmy John's and Starbucks. Go IWW!!!

Radioman_1955
Radioman_1955

this is JUST the propoganda that the bosses would like you to believe,,,support the union,,have faith in them,,get involved in the union,,make YOUR union strong!

Intexileiww
Intexileiww

I am both a member of the IWW and a member of an AFL-CIO union. The dues from BOTH unions nowhere comes near to the increased wages I get from being in a union. Again, know the facts before you spew your anti-union nonsense.

brian
brian

Have you seen the IWW's dues structure? It's a monthly rate, calculated according to income, ranging from $5-$27 a month. No one is paying $1.50 an hour in dues to the IWW.

But I guess facts aren't a strong suit for the anti-union crowd...

Scruffy2
Scruffy2

Thanks for the total ignorance. Just goes to show how when willfully ignorant have no facts they invent them. If ignorance is money, you must have at least three mansions,a Ferrari and a Rolls. Jimmy Johns workers are not required to pay the whopping nine dollars a month to the IWW and the Union was set up so that there was no set dues, only voluntary contributions. Most of these workers make under $10,000.00 per year and they organized themselves through hard work and brains with no money. Nationwide the IWW has one paid secretary. Keep up the great work. You'll get pie in the sky when you die.

Intexileiww
Intexileiww

Yeah, we're making a killing collecting $9 a month from our members. Our one, barely paid and over worked General Secretary Treasurer (who makes half of what I make at my union job) is just rollin' in the dough.

Note to reflexive anti-union morons: RESEARCH THE SITUATION AND KNOW THE FACTS BEFORE YOU SPEW BLANKET, DOGMATIC, IDEOLOGICAL ANTI-UNION NONSENSE!!!

Hardworkjuice
Hardworkjuice

Being an IWW member , who has been in other unions as well , i can attest that the IWW is the furthest thing from " a business that makes money off its members".

I wonder if the workers know the companies they work for are businesses that make money off their labor?

Just sayin ..

Poppa Jacks Pizza
Poppa Jacks Pizza

they pay you 7.35 an hr to act like a monkey. and you sleep at night. we'll at least the trains run on time (look it up you moron)

Cbossen
Cbossen

There are no dues for membership in the Jimmy Johns Workers Union. Know the facts before you dis the union.

JuiceIsStrangerThanFriction
JuiceIsStrangerThanFriction

The rest, of course, is straight up truth. The IWW is simply the best union that money can't buy, because it's built by the workers themselves.

Poppa Jacks Pizza
Poppa Jacks Pizza

......member of other unions? i.e. more then one..... and your a modern slave at jj's? try a better fake lie next time

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