Timonium MOM's Workers Vote To Join Union
TIMONIUM - Workers at MOM’s Organic Market in Timonium have voted to join the Teamsters Local 570 union by a margin of 93%. They will be the second MOM’s location in the country to join a union.
More than 50 MOM’s workers filed for a union vote in October, seeking a wage increase and better working conditions. Timonium MOM’s workers were encouraged by employees at a Hamden MOM’s location who voted to join Local 570 in August.
Local 570 Secretary-Treasurer Sean Cedenio says the level of cooperation among MOM’s employees was “unparalleled.”
“The level of cooperation and energy among these workers is unparalleled,” Cedenio said. “They came together and worked hard to organize. I want to thank them and every Local 570 member who supported these men and women in their drive to organize with the Teamsters. We look forward to working with the committee to negotiate a contract that gets them the wages, benefits, and protections they deserve.”
In their announcement of the vote’s outcome, Local 570 included testimony from Joe Mowell, a MOM’s Generalist and organizing committee member.
“There are two big reasons why I voted for the union,” Mowell said. “First, without a union I can be fired at any time for any reason with or without cause or notice. Second, as a Team Member, there is no way to advance in pay. I’ve been here five years, and I’m still making close to the minimum starting rate. Now, with the union, we can work to change that.”
Contract negotiations for the Hamden MOM’s location began on November 17. Although the date is not yet determined, contract negotiations for the Timonium location should start in the coming 2-4 months.
There can be knee-jerk negative reactions to unionism. I'm more concerned by "millionaireism" and "billionaireism." You know when CEOs infected by their own greed plunder their employees in an effort to scrape off that much money for themselves.
As a semi-retired self-employed "president" of my own small corporation, I salute the workers at Mom's.