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BookPeople extends more power to its people

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by Katy McElroy

The largest independent bookstore in Texas has formed a union. The workers of BookPeople voted Tuesday night to approve representation by the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 277. The vote follows the “Keep Austin Paid” campaign, which included a petition circulated at the Texas Book Festival that garnered over 600 signatures, and a Community Support Day. “I’m feeling proud of my sisters and brothers today,” bookseller Mat Clouser said, in a press release from the bookstore. “What we’ve already accomplished is no small feat, but we won’t be satisfied until we show Austin the power of a union. A healthy workforce makes a healthy workplace. The vote is truly a win for all.” Downtown Austin’s BookPeople has been in operation since 1970.

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