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Housing Works Staffers Seeking Union Election

Posted 2/24/20

After months of pushing to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, Housing Works employees Feb. 14 filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board—a day after the nonprofit refused to voluntarily recognize the union.

The union, which represents about 60,000 retail, grocery store, bakery and dairy-processing employees across the country, stated that for six months, Housing Works employees tried to no avail to get the organization’s CEO, Charles King, to sign a neutrality agreement. When management refused to formally recognize that the majority of employees voted to join RWDSU, a group of Housing Works staff who are based at the nonprofit’s downtown Brooklyn headquarters on Valentine’s Day filed more than 400 union cards at a nearby NLRB office.

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