REI has a reputation for being progressive but workers are reporting that the company is trying its best to shut down unions.
REI is a cooperative, meaning it is “member-owned” through customer memberships. It is not collectively owned by employees. In January, the REI in New York City filed for a union electrion with the National Labor Relations Board. One worker involved with this effort says that REI has not taken kindly to these efforts.
The worker, Graham Gale, called the company’s response “a tangible shift in the culture at work that doesn’t seem to align with the values that brought most of us here.”
REI’s CEO sent an anti-union company-wide email saying “we do not believe placing a union between the co-op and its employees is needed or beneficial.”