Workers At REI Co-op In Boston Vote To Unionize

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Workers at the REI Co-op store in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston voted to unionize Monday night.

The workers voted 44-23 in favor of unionizing with Massachusetts commercial and food workers union UFCW Local 1445.

According to union paperwork, the store employs around 80 people, and the union will include all full-time and regular part-time employees, with the exception of managers and security guards.

"We are so deeply proud to announce that we, the workers of REI Boston, have voted to unionize with @UFCW1445," REI Union Boston tweeted Tuesday. "Thank you to everybody in our community and across the REI Union for your words of support as we fought to make this union a reality."

"I am so proud of the workers at REI Boston for all their dedication and hard work to form this strong and cohesive union," UFCW Communications Director Jack Fell said in a statement. "These workers devoted over a year of their lives to build a long lasting, sustainable, and strong community that will fight for each other - I am eternally grateful for being a part of this process with these workers."

The 401 Park Drive store will be the fifth REI store in the U.S. to form a union, joining stores in New York City, Cleveland, Chicago, and Berkeley, California.

REI Union Boston received support from Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, and Boston City Council President Ed Flynn.

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