ILWU Local 5

Representing workers' rights since 1999

We are appalled at Powell’s decision to eliminate the recall list and force laid off employees to apply for their former jobs. This action comes nearly a year after the Union and Company had reached mutual agreement, in writing, that the recall list would be maintained without timeline restrictions. The Union is looking into every avenue to hold Powell’s to their contractual obligations as well as the moral imperative to treat workers ethically and not use the pandemic as an opportunity to reduce wages and benefits for longtime employees. In the meantime, we ask the community to continue your patronage of Powell’s Books. It currently employs around 135 union booksellers - a number we look to increase into the future as business returns to “normal”.

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