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Borders strike - national boycott called (english)
19 Nov 2003
Update from a strike supporter
Dear Friends,
In case you haven't heard, Borders Store #1 in Ann Arbor, MI is on strike.
This strike calls for a national boycott of Borders, Waldenbooks, and
Borders employees at the store voted for the union (United Food and
Commercial Workers) last December, and have been trying since then to get
a contract. No reasonable offer has been forthcoming from management, so
the workers voted to strike and walked out on November 8, 2003. The picket
line is thin, and the UFCW has not put a lot of effort into helping, even
though they encouraged the strike, so this is an extrememly bare bones and
grass roots effort. I've been on the picket line myself several days and
am working on helping to organize community support. I'm discouraged by
the numbers of people crossing the picket line to do their shopping as
usual (I don't know about you, but my granny taught me to NEVER cross a
picket line), and the lack of publicity about the strike, but also
inspired by the folks who stop by to help with picketing or drop off food
for the picketers, or just offer kind words of support. Two young women
from the Starbucks across the street brought coffee for everyone the other
night! Other people drop of pots of soup, homemade cornbread, bagels, and
other goodies.
Winter's coming and this struggle is not going to get any easier. Borders
will fight hard because the implications for an employee victory are that
the workers at the other 400 stores across the country might follow suit.
Wouldn't that be great?!? Imagine the clerks at all those stores actually
making a living wage! Now that is something to fight for.
Please encourage everyone you know to avoid shopping at ALL Borders and
Waldenbooks and
There are other ways for everyone to help. Boycotting is not enough. Here
are a few more:
1. sign an online petition:
2. call Borders Headquarters (734-477-1100) or your local Borders store
and tell the employee who answers the phone about the strike in Ann Arbor
and tell them you support the strikers. Borders is keeping the lid on the
strike in other stores. Here's a store locator:
3. forward this message to all your friends and colleagues;
4. leaflet at a Borders near you (you can download flyers at and email us at bru (at) and
we'll find you help!)
5. visit for more information, and to sign the
petition, and for other tips on how you can help out.
yours for a better world,
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