Wedge Co-Op Workers Vote To Unionize
Retail workers at the Wedge Community Co-op voted overwhelmingly in favor of unionizing, becoming the first grocery co-op in the state to organize.
Employees at the South Minneapolis grocery co-op voted 76-31 in favor of joining Local 1189 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. According to the Union Advocate, employees organized after voicing concerns about an increasingly corporate culture, lack of equal opportunity and favoritism.
Management agreed to stay neutral on retail workers organizing in part due to a stipulation four years ago when the Wedge’s warehouse operations unionized.
Organizers leaned heavily on the success of the warehouse workers’ contract, touting increased wages for all employees, no wage cap and benefits such as sick days, health insurance and retirement. Warehouse employees saw an average wage increase of $1.23 per hour in 2015, bringing a typical hourly rate to $18.20.
There are ongoing efforts to unionize at the co-op’s smaller market and cafÃ©, the Wedge Table.