On April 5, workers at the Bob’s Discount Furniture store in Nesconset, N.Y. , joined UFCW Local 888 for a better life.
The 20 workers, who are employed as guest experience specialists, joined our union family because they were concerned about constant changes in their working conditions, and wanted the same benefits as their colleagues at Bob’s Discount Furniture stores in other locations in New Jersey and New York, who are also members of UFCW Local 888. UFCW Local 888’s campaign to organize these workers included connecting them to their unionized Bob’s Discount Furniture colleagues to learn about the union difference and the power of being a UFCW member.
“We tried to organize our store back in 2019,” said Patrick Blake, a guest experience specialist at the Bob’s Discount Furniture store in Nesconset. “The company promised us that if we stayed non-union, they would give us everything union stores get in their union contract. That was not the case and that’s why we voted to join the UFCW.”
Bob’s Discount Furniture workers are continuing to stand together for a voice in the workplace. Workers at a Bob’s Discount Furniture store in Massachusetts joined UFCW Local 328 in March, and workers at a Bob’s Discount Furniture store in Michigan recently filed for a union election with UFCW Local 876.