Over the past few months, employees at Seed Savers have been working to establish a union at the non-profit organization, citing a want for better working conditions, to have insight into the goings-on of the board and to have job security beyond what the “at-will” employment of the organization provides.
Jenn Ripp, organizer and recently-terminated Seed Savers employee, said that currently the group is looking for voluntary recognition from the board, which she claimed would save a lot of the harder parts of the unionizing process for both sides. If given voluntary recognition, the union can move along to contract discussion and election processes.
On Sunday, May 1, the union group held a May Day info session with food, drink and live music. There was a turnout of approximately 60 people throughout the afternoon interested in the process of unionizing and showing support for the group.
For more information, head to seedsaversunion.com.