Regarding Recent Events

June 27, 2014 at 3:15 pm

UPDATE: RESOLUTION OF LABOR DISPUTE 07/02/2014

On June 24th the employees of Book Culture participated in an election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board to determine whether they want to be represented by a union.  They voted that they want union representation.  Book Culture respects and supports U.S. labor law and its goals, including the right to union representation.  Once the NLRB certifies those election results, Book Culture will recognize the union as the bargaining agent for the employees.  We expect to be engaging in contract negotiations soon and we look forward to working amicably with the union.

As part of our country’s labor-management legal structure intended to prevent employer-dominated unions, labor law mandates that supervisors are not allowed to be members of the collective bargaining unit, because their job is to supervise the bargaining unit employees.  Following Tuesday’s election, it became clear that several of the store’s supervisors were not willing to continue to perform the role of supervisors within the new environment of having the unionized work force.  We respect them for their candor, but they could not continue as employees when they were unwilling to perform their job’s most essential functions.  We are saddened to lose some good colleagues.

Book Culture’s business model, as a bookstore in today’s challenging environment for independent brick-and-mortar book sellers, has been to survive by bring pleasure to our customers and by treating our employees with respect and fairness.  That will continue to be our business model.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the store.

You can also email the owners directly:

Chris Doeblin – chris@bookculture.com

Annie Hedrick – annie@bookculture.com

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