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11/29/2003 Entry: "Borders Boycott"

"My name is Julie Jedlicka and I am writing from Ann Arbor, MI, to update you on the union activity surrounding the workers at Borders Books here. On December 6, 2002, the workers in the flagship Borders store voted for union representation (with UFCW local 876) by a margin of 90%. Border's management has responded by employing union-busting tactics and failing to negotiate in good faith. Workers are on their unfair labor practice strike as of November 8, 2003. The Ann Arbor community has responded positively to the strike. Few customers are crossing the picket line, and thousands of people have signed our petitions in front of the store and on-line to support the workers in their struggle. We've been covered on the front page of our local newspaper, in numerous independent media sources and in a morning segment on Michigan's National Public Radio.

"We are asking people to boycott any Borders or Waldenbooks stores and to not shop at borders.com for the duration of the strike. We are attempting to reach Borders customers nationwide and inform them of our request. We are currently doing all we can in Ann Arbor and online, however there are many people we are not reaching."
National Borders Strike, Infoshop, November 21, 2003

I had not heard about this and can find very little on it on the web. The organizers are calling for a national boycott of Borders and Waldenbooks. I'm fine with that, last time I checked K-Mart owned Borders, and I never set foot in one again. And Waldenbooks... I can't even remember the last time I saw a Waldenbooks. So, for me, this boycott is a cakewalk; I dislike chainstores and try to avoid them anyway. But I also live in a big city that can and does support small businesses.

If anyone has any more current information, I'd love to hear about it. I worked for Crown Books in the early 80s and it sucked very much, but I think I had health insurance. Hm, it still sucked.

Thanks Ellen F. for the heads up on this.

 

 

 

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