Pabst Theater Group Workers Want A Union
Workers at its five venues organizing with Milwaukee Area Service and Hospitality Workers.
The employees of the Pabst Theater Group are organizing a union.
Urban Milwaukee has learned that approximately 80% of the roughly 60 employees working in the box office, hospitality and as event staff, have signed union authorization cards with the Milwaukee Area Service and Hospitality Workers Organization (MASH).
The Pabst Theater Group includes The Pabst Theater, the Riverside Theater, the Miller High Life Theatre, the Turner Hall Ballroom and the Back Room at Colectivo.
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin tweeted Monday, “Workers in Wisconsin should have the freedom to organize a union in their workplace, and I support the Pabst Theater Group workers joining together to have a stronger voice on the job. This effort should be respected and free from any intimidation or union-busting activity.”
Peter Rickman, president of MASH, told Urban Milwaukee in an interview Tuesday, “Pabst Theater Group workers… have been organizing for quite some time, thinking about how a voice and a seat at the table is the way to improve the workplace that they love.”
The authorization cards delivered to Witt tell an employer that the worker wishes to be represented by a specific labor union. The Pabst Theater Group can agree to voluntarily recognize the union or require the union to win an election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
“We believe that it is quite possible that Gary Witt and the Pabst Theater Group will not only recognize the overwhelming support of a clear, strong supermajority of the workers involved here, and recognize the union, bargain a contract and just remain neutral throughout the process,” Rickman said.
Rickman said that along with authorization cards, a majority of workers have also signed union membership cards, indicating their willingness to become dues-paying members of the union. “Fundamentally, this group of workers has said a union is our organization, it’s a worker organization and we’re not only saying we want to have union representation in a contract but we’re going to build a union here,” he said.
“And we’re requesting that you respect our rights, recognize our union, bargain a contract and not engage in any union busting that we’ve seen, particularly here in Milwaukee with the Colectivo workers,” he said.
Workers at Colectivo Coffee only recently gained recognition from the owners after organizing for two years, and facing two appeals to the results of a union election held in March 2021. Shortly after going public, Colectivo hired expensive “union avoidance” consultants to meet with employees.
More about the Union Effort at Pabst Theater Group
- Pabst Theater Group Disputes That Union Contract Finalized - Graham Kilmer - Dec 22nd, 2022
- Pabst Theater Group Union Approves First Labor Contract - Graham Kilmer - Dec 15th, 2022
- Pabst Theater Group Workers Win Union Election - Graham Kilmer - Jun 1st, 2022
- Bernie Sanders Supports Pabst Unionization - Graham Kilmer - Apr 21st, 2022
- Pabst Theater Group Refuses Union Recognition - Graham Kilmer - Apr 13th, 2022
- Pabst Theater Group Workers Want A Union - Graham Kilmer - Apr 5th, 2022
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Congrats on the good work done by MASH. They have ventured where other unions haven’t. I look forward to a day when all of our service workers are earning a living wage, have benefits, and are UNION! Solidarity!