Workers at Bloomingfoods Co-op in Bloomington are trying to unionize.
Right now, they are in the early stages of the process, gathering signatures as part of a petition to form a labor union.
Employees declined an interview, but a post on a Facebook group formed Sunday to garner support explains that workers feel the company’s administration has not been looking out for the needs of its employees.
Here’s the statement:
We love working for Bloomingfoods and wish to make the work environment a better place for all the employees. The employees have gone too long waiting for our Admin offices to take care of not only the company, but to take care of its workers. There is a current push to Unionize the co-op. This choice was not made lightly and is certainly not taken lightly by those forming this union. As low income workers in the United States of America, we find that forming a union will better the workers lives. With a union bond we feel like our direct managers will no longer be the only voice for the workers. We feel like showing the community that the workers are ready to unite and watch out for each others back’s will only strengthen the co-op.
Bloomingfoods spokesman Jeffrey Jewel says the company’s administration has not been told of any particular grievances the employees have.
“We have received communication that there is an attempt to unionize staff here, and at Bloomingfoods we respect the right to do so. However, we question if it is in the best interest of our staff, organization and our member/owners,” Jewel says.
Jewel says despite their concerns, the administration is committed to having a respectful and civil dialog.