Workers at Vikre Distillery voted against representation from UNITE HERE Local 17 after a supermajority of workers had signed union cards last month.
“We’re certainly disappointed in the results,” said Anders Bloomquist of UNITE HERE Local 17. “We went in with 70 percent of the cards signed. Coming out with the number we got begs a ton of questions about what happened in between those times. We do believe an anti-union campaign by a couple of individuals, one we argued was a supervisor, shifted things.”
Bloomquist stressed that UNITE HERE is not done looking at Duluth. “Hospitality is a growing industry with a workforce that desperately needs to have its own ability to advocate for better pay, better benefits and a better work life overall.”
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