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Stand with Panera Bakers: Solidarity Rally Today in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Stand with Panera Bakers: Solidarity Rally Today in Kalamazoo, Mich.

More than a year since they voted to form a union, Panera Bread workers in Michigan are still waiting to have a voice on the job. The franchisee that owns the Panera stores in the region refused to recognize the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) as the official representative of the bakers and refused to meet to bargain a first contract.

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BCTGM with the AFL-CIO have organized a solidarity rally to show support for the Panera Bread bakers and demand that the company stop playing games and recognize their union. The rally will happen at the Panera Bread bakery-café (5119 West Main St., Kalamazoo, Mich.) today from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

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NLRB Disarray Undermines Panera Workers' Fight for Union Representation

NLRB Disarray Undermines Panera Workers' Fight for Union Representation

This is how hope turns into despair. 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 National Labor Relations Board (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.

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NLRB Orders Panera to Bargain with Michigan Bakers

Photo courtesy of BCTGM

Kathleen von Eitzen, a baker at Panera Bread's Battle Creek, Mich., location, just wants to be respected for her craft and the work she does every day.

I simply want to be respected and recognized as the artisan baker that Panera advertises that I am.

Von Eitzen is one of 18 bakers who recently voted to be represented by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 70. 

Read more from BCTGMNLRB Orders Panera to Bargain with Michigan Bakers

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Panera Workers Vote for Representation by Bakery Workers Union

This is a cross-post from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) union

Kalamazoo, MI. – If you drive by a Panera Bread Café on any given morning, you will be treated with the decadent smell of freshly baking bread and sweet goods, thanks to the artful skills of Panera Bread bakers. These bakers work from 10 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning making sure fresh bread, rolls, cakes and other baked goods are carefully molded and baked in time for the early morning Café opening. And if you were in Kalamazoo early [March 23], you may have heard the joyful screams of the Panera bakers celebrating their union victory after they voted by a two-to-one margin to be represented by the BCTGM.

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