A black-owned distillery welcomes its staff' union to the conflict in opposition to the employees this week
When the workers at Du Nord Craft Spirits decided to unionize and join UNITE HERE Local 17, the company voluntarily recognized them without delay and even published the occasion itself. Du Nord describes itself as the first black-owned distillery in the United States States.
"The production workers at Du Nord Craft Spirits chose to form a union because we enjoy and appreciate the work here, ”the workers said in a statement to the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business journal. “We demonstrated ourselves for the company by working through a pandemic, the cocktail room shutdown, a riot, and committed to working with fluctuating schedules and work duties. The company has last shown itself to us by voluntarily acknowledging our union efforts. "
"The workers knew I would recognize a union," owner Chris Montana told the Business Journal. Regarding organizing efforts in several other Twin Cities hospitality companies, he said, “We did not have a face-to-face discussion about this union effort, but when previous venues were unionized, I made it very clear that they chose to do so, I would know. ”Du Nord said he was ready to negotiate.
It won't exactly reverse decades of declining union density in the US, but good news is nice every now and then, right?