Service & Solidarity Spotlight: Bookstore Workers Ratify First Union Contract at Twin Cities Half Price Books

Minnesota Half Price Books Store workers

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our Service & Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

Workers from four Twin Cities Half Price Books locations in Minnesota ratified their first union contracts. They are members of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) locals 663 and 1189. The new contracts include 33% raises, job protections such as just cause, grievance procedures and union representation.

“Through the hard work of the entire bargaining committee, we have shown all of our coworkers the priceless value of having a union contract. This is going to help everyone at Half Price Books, and it will continue for decades to come,” said Aaron Kerr, a bookseller at the Roseville Half Price Books.