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Well, its officially Holiday season for the retail industry and we still have no contract. They have not moved at all. We want what we want, we won't move either. Otherwise, there is not much to report other than that they told us exactly how much their healthcare costs have gone up in the past year and it's WAY LESS than they were saying it was. To recap, they want to freeze our wages, and give us 2% each year for the next 4 years. This (wage alone) results in a 4% wage decrease for all employees over the life of the contract. Additionally, they want to increase our healthcare costs by over 100%. All the while, their sales have increased, and the number of employees has been reduced--less people doing more work. We won't take it, heres what you can do to help.
#1: Sign the Boycott plegde here: http://www.ilwulocal5.com/index.php
We're not calling for a boycott NOW, but if we do, give us a way to contact you.
#2: Come to our Vigil: Every saturday night we will hold a candelight vigil in front of the Burnside store from 7-8pm. It is fun. Come chat with us and our families.
#3: Come to our next picket: 11-12-03(thats wednesday), 11-4pm we will be having a picket at the Burnside store (10th & Burnside downtown). If Beaverton is easier for you--there will be a picket there from 11-2, and a picket at the Hawthorne store from 3-5. We will have signs--it will be a hoot. Stay tuned for futher pickets.
#4: Email Michael Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Email our Ceos Ann Smith ( email@example.com) and Sylvie Horne ( firstname.lastname@example.org) tell them what you think.
#5: This might be the most fun. Call the store 800-878-7323 or 503-233-2037 and place books on hold indefinately, or until we get a fair contract. Make up a name, make up a number. It doesnt matter. This will keep books out of circulation & slow us down. Or, come into the store, get a bunch of books, have an employee call a manager, and tell the manager that you were going to buy them that night, but you want them put on hold until Local 5 has a fair contract.
Come to the store, talk to us, we like you!