The Hadley branch of Trader Joe’s, the first Trader Joe’s in the country to unionize, faces a campaign to decertify the union and a National Labor Review Board hearing analyzing unfair practices. Still, many workers remain committed to the cause.
Workers overwhelmingly voted to form the union, which is affiliated with the Office and Professional Employees International Union. Organizers hope for safer working conditions, training for new workers, and better pay.
In light of the recent unionization of Smith College’s student dining workers, The Editorial Board urges the Amherst community to organize towards a collective labor movement with the capacity to effect change.
Managing Features Editor emeritus Caelen McQuilkin ’24E spoke with college employees to identify the ongoing challenges posed by Amherst’s “casual employment” system, which limits weekly hours and benefits and accounts for a large portion of Val’s total labor.
The Writer's Guild of America's second longest strike ended after 148 days in late September. Editor-in-Chief Sam Spratford spoke to strike leader Claire Kiechel '09 and other Amherst alumni on why they picketed, what it accomplished, and what's next.
Twenty-three Dining Services employees have had their positions converted from casual to benefited following the college’s Nov. 17 policy announcement. The Student sat down with seven staff members to hear their thoughts on this change.