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Borders strike over in Ann Arbor

The vote was 20-12 in favor of accepting a new contract and ending the strike at the Ann Arbor store. More details from the Borders Union site. Hopefully this demonstrates how collective bargaining can produce results that are more fair and just than would have been possible without a union.

The article mentions that sales at the Ann Arbor store were down anywhere from fifty to seventy-five percent, thanks to shoppers who chose not to cross the picket lines. While this public sacrifice wasn't very difficult compared with what the striking workers were doing, it did take some commitment: the Ann Arbor Borders is a fantastic place to browse. I really look forward to hanging out in Borders again through these perpetually gray days of the upper-midwestern winter. (Beautiful, yes, but also perfect for bookstore browsing...)