Burgerville workers seek to unionize at 2nd unit

Workers at 2nd Burgerville unit vote for union

Company says it will bargain after NLRB-overseen ballot

Workers at another Burgerville location voted over the weekend to unionize, making it the second unit in the quick-service chain to choose collective bargaining, the company said.

Seventeen of the 22 employees at the Vancouver, Wash.-based brand’s second Portland, Ore., restaurant voted to be represented by the Industrial Workers of the World’s chapter.

In the first union vote in April, workers voted 18 to four in favor of being represented by the chapter, which is also doing business as the Burgerville Workers Union. 

The secret-ballot vote on Saturday and Sunday was overseen by the National Labor Relations Board. 

“Employees at Burgerville Store No. 8 have voted to unionize in the fair and free election overseen by the NLRB,” said Burgerville’s senior vice president of operations, Beth Brewer, in a statement Sunday night.

“While working with a union is new to Burgerville, we have a long history of going first,” she said. “It works out well for both our business and the communities we serve.” 

The company said it has set its first bargaining meeting with the union on May 22 to cover the first union-vote restaurant at 3504 SE 92nd Ave. in Portland. The company said it will do the same with the second store at 19119 SE McLoughlin Blvd. 

“We have supported our employees with the freedom to educate themselves about the options of joining a union,” Brewer said.

Burgerville said it already has low turnover rates, with average restaurant employees at the company staying 29 months. 

Burgerville, founded in 1961, has 42 locations in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

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