Workers at MOM’s Organic Market in Timonium, Maryland, voted by a 93 percent margin of victory last week to unionize with Teamsters Local 570.
“I’ve been organizing for 27 years, and very few campaigns have had this level of cooperation and energetic spirit among committee members and their coworkers,” said Local 570 Secretary-Treasurer Sean Cedenio. “They came together very quickly, ready to do what needed to be done to get the results they wanted. I want to thank them and every Local 570 member from other companies who gave their time to support these men and women on their drive to organize with us. We look forward to working with the committee to negotiate a contract that reflects the wages, benefits, and protections they deserve.”
More than 50 MOM’s Organic workers filed for the election in October, seeking fair wages and better working conditions. They followed the lead of more than 65 Team Members at the Hamden store location who voted in August for contract guarantees over company promises. Negotiations begin November 17th for those workers.
“The two biggest reasons why I voted for the union is that first, without a union, I can be fired at any time for any reason with or without cause or notice,” said Joe Mowell, a MOM’s generalist and organizing committee member. “And second, as a Team Member, there is no way to advance in pay. I’ve been here five years, and I’m still making close to the minimum starting rate. Now, with the union, that will change.”
Workers from the Hamden store joined their Timonium coworkers at Local 570's Monthly Membership Meeting yesterday, where they were welcomed to the union by the Local Executive Board.