Half Price Books Employees Seek UFCW Union Recognition

Half Price Books workers signed and submitted cards to the National Labor Relations Board on Thursday to unionize with the United Food and Commercial Workers. They are hoping to secure livable wages, better working conditions and want a seat at the table to be able to make those ideas into reality.

“For so many of us that work at Half Price Books, and at bookstores across the country, our jobs are a labor of love. Because of that, we’re often willing to lower our expectations or our standards about how we’re treated on the job. But it doesn’t have to be that way! We are skilled, hard workers that all deserve a living wage, proper training, adequate staffing, and a seat at the table so that we can negotiate directly with management. That’s why we’re so excited to unionize!” said David Gutsche, who works as a Shift Lead at the Roseville Half Price Books store.

The Twin Cities is home to six Half Price Books stores: Apple Valley, Coon Rapids, Maplewood, St. Louis Park, St. Paul and Roseville.

“I want Half Price Books to be a place where everyone will have a voice, better pay and health insurance. Together, as a union, I know we can make that happen,” said Mitchell Martinez Pliego of the St. Paul location.

“We're unionizing because every bookseller deserves a living wage and for our voices to be heard regarding policies and work environments,” said Sylvia Soukup, who works at the Roseville location.