Jawanio Employees Looking to Unionize

On Monday at the New City campus of Jawanio a group of employees picketed for the opportunity to unionize with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 888. The group reached out to the health care division of the union, claiming that they have not had their pay raised even though their work load had gone up and they have not received help from management. Two years ago a vote was held among employees to decide whether or not to unionize and the majority voted against it. According to Max Bruny, the president of local 888 employees have been taken advantage of and underpaid by employers and union members joined the picket to show support. According to Donna Oiumette, the Director of Human Resources at Jawanio, the starting hourly wage is $11.10 and senior employees are making about $16.50 an hour. New York state minimum wage is currently $8.00 an hour. She stated in an email released to employees that the right to join a union is recognized by the organization but so is the right not to join and lack of state funding is affecting raises for employees, though they had expected a two percent increase in January and another two percent increase on April 1, hopefully allowing raises to be given in 2015. An election will be held Wednesday where 275 employees can cast their vote to unionize or not.

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