Burgerville workers ratify first union contract

On the strike picket line Feb. 1, 2018, outside the Burgerville on Northeast MLK Jr. Boulevard.

Burgerville Workers Union reports that workers voted by a 93% margin to ratify their first ever union contract, with three-fourths of the roughly 100 workers at five unionized stores voting. 

The contract stipulates three-month set schedules, parental leave, and up to two weeks paid vacation a year depending on seniority. It also mandates a new system for customers to tip, a grievance procedure, and an end to “at will” employment status.

The vote means the union’s long-running boycott of the chain is over, and union members are now encouraged to patronize Burgerville, especially at the five unionized stores: Convention Center, Hawthorne, Montavilla, Gladstone, and 92nd & Powell.


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