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(2) Borders' last proposal to the Union eliminated both the merchandise credit and the 33% employee discount. How they lie to their customers!
(3) Don't get fooled by their numbers. The average wage at Store 01 reflects the fact that several very long-time employees (like Hal Brannan who has worked there 18 years and is now on strike) are at the top of the pay scale. These employees inflate the average. More revealing is the fact that two of our striking workers who have worked at the store over 2 and 3 years respectively both make less than $8 per hour. (Names of employees withheld to avoid management recrimination; after all, if they can fire someone for eating a bagel...).
Borders silent for 144 hoursE-mail Borders at email@example.com and call them at 1-800-477-1100 and tell them to back up their words with action.
National campaign: Flyer (PDF, 4MB) Letter from unionized Borders workers to non-unionized workers, to quietly give to Borders workers before you start leafletting (PDF) Local (Ann Arbor) flyers: Latest informational flyer (JPG) Previous flyer: Info side (PDF) Poster side (PDF) Pre-strike flyer: Info side (PDF) Poster side (PDF)
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This weekend (October 10,11 and 12) is Educator Appreciation Weekend at Borders Books, when educators can get a 25% discount at Borders bookstores nationwide, as well as 40% off on cafe items. (There's no restrictions on the books subject to the discount, i.e. it's not just education-related books!) If you want to support Borders workers this weekend, you can take advantage of the discount AND take these three easy steps: 1. Sign the Petition, and 2. Download this flyer and give it to a salesperson at Borders (pdf), and 3. Ask your union or association to sign on as a supporting organization (doc). Send back here