A single vote has stymied the most recent attempt to unionize the East End Food Co-op.
Workers at the Point Breeze natural foods store voted on Aug. 30 against accepting the Industrial Workers of the World as their union, 22 to 21, although, at press time, the results had not yet been certified by the National Labor Relations Board.
This summer marked the second major push in three years by workers to unionize (see News Briefs: "Co-op Will Get Union Election," Aug, 10). Since early June, Co-op management and a Workers Committee have squared off over the need for an election, its oversight and the sudden introduction of a second union vying for votes. The other union dropped out of contention, and the two sides agreed to ask the NLRB to supervise the voting.
Co-op general manager Rob Baran didn't return calls seeking comment on the results.
"I wish it would have turned out differently," says Evan Wolfson of the Workers Committee. Although the Committee had not yet decided whether to request a recount, he added, "we intend to stay and fight for improved conditions."