Jewel-Osco Pharmacy workers in Clinton, Iowa, have voted to join UFCW Local 431. The 16 workers decided to come together to join UFCW Local 431 to be able to negotiate a fair and systematic way to solve workplace issues, secure schedules, and improve wages and benefits. Several workers have been working at the location for years without a pay raise.
“It was important to us to have a say when it came to our jobs and our work. Now that we are part of a union, together we have the strength to make sure that our voices are heard and we have the power to make our jobs better,” said Kathryn Jaeger, a Jewel-Osco Certified Pharmacy Tech.
An overwhelming majority of the workers voted to join UFCW Local 431 despite an anti-union campaign from the employer. Workers were able to stick together despite the anti-union messaging thanks to meetings and face-to-face conversations with UFCW Local 431 members who are retail food workers in the same store.