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Berkeley Bowl Union Gets Off the Mat | News | Oakland, Berkeley, Bay Area & California | East Bay Express
Although it's loved by East Bay progressives and liberals because of its organic and natural foods, Berkeley Bowl has a long history of union fights. The employees unionized under the UFCW in the late-1970s, but voted to decertify in 1986 when, according to UFCW spokesperson Mike Henneberry, the workforce of 24 was made up mostly of the owners' relatives. Then in 2003, the workers voted not to unionize, but the NLRB found the vote so riddled with problems, it imposed the union in 2004.

In Berkeley, employees at Safeway and Andronico's belong to UFCW; Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and Berkeley Bowl West are non-union. UFCW is currently mounting a union drive at BevMo! which has stores in Albany, Emeryville, and Oakland.

The rerun of the Berkeley Bowl union election is tentatively set for March 23.
Berkeley  food  unions  labor  activism  wholefoods  safeway  traderjoes 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Cleve Jones on youth activism and his early years with Harvey Milk » North by Northwestern
Now, I think that there are certain fundamentals to organizing that have remained constant throughout all of the changes: the importance of building committees, the importance of crossing boundaries and barriers between people.

If you’re organizing workers, you have to tell their stories. If you’re working on repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, it’s so important to hear the stories of military personnel and military families gay and straight alike. Whatever the issue, if you can focus as much as possible on daily lives of ordinary people, that’s what has remained unchanged.

But there’s a whole lot that’s different now: the communications technology, the growing gap between rich and poor, the financial free fall that we’re enduring right now. And I do want to say to your readers, who I assume are all on Facebook: if you think you’re going to change the world by clicking a mouse, I’m sorry, but you’re mistaken.
facebook  activism  gay  history  unions  power  technology  attention  story 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Content Bridges: In Desperation, Detroit Papers Flip the Switch
As Lou Mleczko, president of the Detroit Newspaper Guild Local 22, reported:

"And [Detroit Media Partnership CEO David] Hunke said, if we don't do this, the current model is unsustainable. So he'd rather take the calculated risk of going to a new format -- rather than sit back and do incremental cutbacks."
journalism  media  newspapers  medianews  business  news  internet  publishing  detroit  michigan  unions 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Deuzeblog: The People Formerly Known as the Employers
"Journalists today have to fight with their employers to keep the little protections they still have, and do so in a cultural context of declining trust and credibility in the eyes of audiences (the few "audiences" that still exist given the Rosen formula), a battle for hearts and minds that they have to wage without support from those who they traditionally relied on: their employers."
media  journalism  newspapers  relationships  work  power  theory  future  outsourcing  globalization  labor  unions  diy  news  business  corporations 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Take Action: Fight Anti-Union Retaliation Against Newest Journalists' Unit
I signed because ... well, let's just say I've got several dogs in the fight. If you live in the Bay Area, care about the future of journalism or know what it means to organize and be active, step up and get some!
labor  unions  jobs  work  medianews  journalism  newspapers  media  bayarea  eastbay  activism 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
East Bay Express | News | The Disinformation Campaign
"News organizations are supposed to seek the truth. So it's surprising when a newspaper engages in a campaign of misinformation and deliberate distortions. But that's precisely what happened — and appears to still be happening — at the East Bay's dominant dailies, the Contra Costa Times and the Oakland Tribune. [...]"
contracosta  contracostatimes  newspapers  medianews  media  journalism  unions 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge / Comment & analysis / Comment - In an online world, the party is over
"[...] Politicians must have audiences: democratic practice demands it. As those audiences mobilised by parties age and dwindle, new ones appear on the internet. The termites of indifference and contempt, corruption and manipulation, special interests and private cynicism, eat away at parties: the able and ambitious can scarcely be expected to decay with them. [...]"
politics  parties  organization  labor  unions  facebook  yasns  social  campaigns  elections  activism  uk 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge Rebecca Rosen Lum's "Life after layoff: New opportunities, new frustrations"
"If the newspaper business really is stumbling toward extinction as some experts believe, a few of us laid-off newsroom workers are getting an early glimpse of our next evolutionary phase."
newspapers  media  journalism  unions  work  jobs  writing  bayarea  eastbay  sanfrancisco  medianews 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
San Diego Reader | Newspapers’ Debt Dilemma
"To slash expenses, there have been massive industrywide layoffs. Employees who had nothing to do with the dubious decision-making are left holding the bag, and their heads are inside that bag."
medianews  news  media  journalism  newspapers  california  sandiego  business  corporations  money  jobs  work  unions 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
McGuire on Media » Visions of a future for independent newspaper distributors
"I think Singleton is correct when he says many metropolitan newspapers won’t make it, but I think he’s missing the whole point when he attacks reporters, editors and unions as whiners. I just don’t see very many people wishing for yesterday."
business  media  medianews  journalism  newspapers  news  unions  editing  corporations  social 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Newspaper layoffs announced -
No one's tapped me on the shoulder yet, but today and the run-up to July 11 is sucking.
medianews  media  newspapers  journalism  bayarea  unions 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Fine On Media Dean Singleton’s Speech In Sweden: 19 Of The Top 50 US Newspapers Are Losing Money - BusinessWeek
"In San Francisco, we have consolidated reporting and editing functions to eliminate costly duplication, just as we’ve merged production, administration, accounting and circulation of our newspapers."
medianews  media  economics  business  corporations  editing  journalism  yahoo  labor  unions 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Editor & Publisher: MediaNews Ending SEC Disclosures
"Closely held MediaNews Group, the nation's fourth-largest newspaper chain, is becoming even more private -- telling the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it will no longer file financial and other reports."
medianews  newspapers  media  journalism  business  labor  unions  jobs  work  corporations 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge Wash. Post Editor Says He Can't See a Time When There Won't Be a Print Edition
"It’s the ones in the middle, at those other metropolitan dailies – from Philadelphia to Miami and San Francisco and San Jose – where their staffs have been cut in half and their circulation has been cut in half. I’m worried about them."
media  newspapers  medianews  corporations  business  journalism  online  web  unions  labor 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Keystone Research Center (via PR Newswire): Unionization Substantially Improves the Pay and Benefits of African-Americans Workers
"The data demonstrate that unions raise wages and increase access to health insurance and pensions. Unions continue to be a central element of any plan to improve economic equality in this country."
unions  work  jobs  blacks  race  business  health 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Baltimore City Paper: Quick and Dirty by Edward Ericson Jr.:
"The thing that I would like to get across is we definitely think it's better for the people who work at b to be in a union, whether that's ours or some new union."
journalism  baltimore  maryland  unions  newspapers  suburbia  media  corporations 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
"[T]he Newhouse family long ago offered lifetime guarantees that spare editorial workers at its daily newspapers from cutbacks for economic reasons - provided the journalists never let the union inside the newsroom door."
jobs  work  journalism  newspapers  newjersey  media  unions  corporations 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
P-I must arbitrate online dispute
"A federal judge ruled Monday that the Seattle P-I must arbitrate a union dispute over its online reporter position. U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly's ruling favors The Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild, which represents most P-I nonmanagement employees.
unions  work  labor  jobs  seattle  law  justice  newspapers  media  journalism  online 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Icy Day Finds Old Union Outside Modern City Shops - New York Times
"The home of the caramel macchiato, Starbucks, has drawn some of the most consistent criticism, often from employees associated with the Industrial Workers of the World."
labor  unions  work  jobs  nyc  coffee  beverages  corporations  business  cities  caffeine 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Eric Lee: Bandwagons and Buzzwords: Facebook and the Unions
"[T]he best way for unions to campaign online is not to jump on the latest bandwagon, but to spend the time, effort and money to create powerful online campaigning systems ourselves."
unions  work  jobs  online  facebook  yasns  social  socialnetworking 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
MyDD :: Unions using Facebook
"I'd love to see a some kind of widget which allows coworkers to gripe about work online, perhaps with some anonymization to prevent recriminations at work."
unions  work  jobs  corporations  business  social  yasns  facebook  anonymity  socialnetworking 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
E&P: Guild Tries For Reinstatement at MediaNews Papers
"As soon as the employees want it to happen, it is up to the employees. We have a lot of support in the old ANG group."
labor  unions  medianews  journalism  newspapers  bayarea  bang 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge

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