Subway Franchise Employees Vote In Favor of Union Validating Union’s Efforts to Organize Fast Food Industry

Employees of a Subway franchise in Bloomsbury, N.J. voted 8-5 to join the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU) Local 108. While this is great fodder for unions to hark the success of its 3-year effort to organize the fast food industry, these 13 employees are hardly the poster children for a successful campaign. These Subway employees are tucked into a Pilot Flying J travel center where gas attendants, cashiers, and maintenance workers voted in February to join Local 108. Given that the Subway franchise is part of a larger center and not an independent location, I hesitate to give this victory to the worker centers responsible for seeking to organize the industry.