An arbitrator released an important victory for all of us today. He determined that Brooks Brothers had very clearly violated our contract by denying employees union membership.
Brooks actions recently have seemed like an attempt to undermine employees’ power. They’ve been trying to prevent some workers from having the rights, privileges and strength of a united union. They’ve tried to deny employees their contractually earned benefits. They’ve tried to divide us. It won’t work. Today, an arbitrator ruled that Brooks Brothers was completely wrong.
The arbitrator writes: “Article I, Section A mandates that the Union be recognized as the sole and exclusive bargaining agent for any retail stores opened during the term of this agreement under the name ‘Brooks Brothers’ in the city of New York and the Counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester only. This clearly defined obligation is unconditional and unambiguous.”
Together we welcome every new member at Brooks. We hope that the company will respect the arbitrator’s decision and immediately negotiate the outstanding terms of an agreement that every Brooks member deserves. Congratulations to everyone!