After a 2 year effort, workers at a Burgerville restaurant in Portland, Oregon, recently became the first fast-food outlet to vote to form a Union. The chain, which prides itself on offering local produce and meats at it 42 restaurants in Oregon and Southern Washington, pledged to work with the new Union. “We will navigate this new working relationship together in a positive, productive way. We are ready to support the nation’s first Unionized fast-food store,” says Beth Brewer, Burgerville’s Senior Vice President of Operations. The company also purchased a full-page newspaper ad and took to social media to put a positive spin on the results of an election overseen by the NLRB. “One of our locations voted to become the first fast-food Union in the country. This is new territory for us at Burgerville, but we’re used to that. We’ve never been afraid of going first. This will be great.”
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