More than a year since they voted to form a union, Panera workers in Michigan are still waiting. The franchisee that owns the Panera Bread stores in the region refused to recognize the BCTGM as the official representative of the bakers and refused to meet to bargain a first contract. The NLRB found that Panera broke the law by refusing to bargain, and ordered the company to bargain with the bakers. But the company appealed that ruling to the D.C. Circuit Court, which has put the case on hold because of another ruling about President Obama’s three recess appointments to the NLRB. So the workers are still waiting for justice.
The Board protected the workers’ right to join the BCTGM. But the Board’s power to enforce the laws that protect workers is at risk. If the Senate does not act quickly to confirm all five of President Obama’s NLRB nominees, it will be impossible for workers like the ones at Panera Bread in Michigan to get the justice they deserve.
What Can You Do?
Join the Panera workers and supporters for a solidarity rally in Kalamazoo, Michigan THIS FRIDAY, June 21 and help us spread the word!
- Download the event flier
- Share the event sticker on Facebook and Twitter
- RSVP to this event on Facebook (and share with your friends!)
Follow hashtags #PaneraUnionYes and #GiveUs5 on Twitter, and join the conversation with these sample Tweets:
- #Solidarity rally for #Panera Workers in SW Michigan #PaneraUnionYes #GiveUsFive pic.twitter.com/y5UzUBXiOE [Click to Tweet]
- Michigan Panera Bakers Unite to Demand Justice #PaneraUnionYes #GiveUs5 [Click to Tweet]
- Mich. Panera Bakers’ fight a prime example of why Sen. needs to confirm NLRB nominees NOW! #PaneraUnionYes #GiveUs5[Click to Tweet]
Sign the Petition: Give Us Five! All workers deserve the protections of the law. giveus5nlrb.org/