The New Seasons Market Seven Corners location, named for the neighborhood’s intersection of seven streets, voted to unionize on September 7th, 2022. The majority of the employees at this location voted in favor of joining the independent New Seasons Labor Union in a vote of 62 to 15.
The Seven Corners store is the first to vote in favor of the union. Two additional stores also held elections but voted against joining. Employees at the Orenco Station opposed joining the UFCW group and the Sellwood store employees voted against representation by the NSLU. The Northwest Portland Slabtown locaction will vote by mail starting on September 29th to decide if they choose union representation.
New Seasons Labor Union is one of the latest groups to join the union movement that has become increasingly active since the start of the pandemic. Other retailers to to unionize include Trader Joes and Starbucks.