Mar 15, 2024 | News Story

Barnes & Noble Workers at the Upper West Side Manhattan Store Vote Overwhelmingly to Join the RWDSU

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) this week announced that, by an overwhelming vote of 85% in favor of the union, workers at the Barnes & Noble 82nd Street Store on the Upper West Side of Manhattan have voted to join the RWDSU. Their win follows six overwhelming union votes nationwide by workers at Barnes & Noble Inc. and one at Barnes & Noble Education so far. Workers at this store now join two other unionized stores in New York City including the Flagship at Union Square and the Park Slope, Brooklyn store. Workers at the store have concerns over job security, a lack of structure when it comes to job duties and tasks at work, and favoritism by management, all of which they’re seeking to address in their first union contract.

“Winning our union election means my and my co-worker’s needs can finally be heard!" said Senior Barista Gina Fowler. "We’re asking for fair pay, clear opportunities to progress in long-term careers with Barnes & Noble, and overall job security. I look forward to having our voices heard at the bargaining table." Read more here.