Historic Jimmy John's union vote tomorrow

The fast-food revolution starts here?
The fast-food revolution starts here?

By tomorrow evening, we'll know whether the workers at 10 Minneapolis Jimmy John's sandwich shops have made history as the first American fast-food workers to unionize their workplace.

After years of intermittent underground organizing capped by a high-profile public campaign over the last two months, it all comes down to tomorrow's official vote on whether to unionize.

The National Labor Relations Board will oversee two polling places, one in Block E in downtown Minneapolis and one in St. Louis Park, and all employees at the ten stores will be able to vote from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The final tally should be ready by about 7 in the evening.

The unionizers need a bare majority of support to be recognized officially as a union, and they're still confident they have the numbers they need. "We think we're going to win," said Erik Forman, one of the organizers."We'll all be there when the votes are counted, ready to celebrate."

City Pages first told you about the organizing push in early September, and then at greater length in this print story. But the union showdown has been gaining more public attention as the vote draws nearer. The Star Tribune wrote about it yesterday, and today the New York Times devoted substantial space to it as well.

Check back here tomorrow evening for news on the election results.

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