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We decided to change the conditions in our workplace. We demand respect and to be treated as human beings.

Raul Pedraza, warehouse worker

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In 2014, a small group of B&H Photo warehouse workers began leadership training with Laundry Workers Center.

The workers described shocking conditions at B&H Photo warehouses in New York. Employees were told to unload or carry extremely heavy loads, without sufficient help or safety training. Some suffered back injuries. Pallets were often stacked more than 15 feet high, and workers operating the heavy machinery to unload the pallets were rarely trained.

Workers said they were not permitted to use emergency exits. They detailed erratic and oppressive scheduling, working from 7:30am until whenever management said they could leave—often as late as 11pm. Workers said they were not allowed to take the meals and rest breaks required by law, nor use their cell phones to reach their families.

The campaign alleged significant discrimination against Latinx workers, who were verbally abused and paid substantially less than other warehouse employees.

LWC’s initial trainings mushroomed into a powerful campaign involving over 200 workers. Leaders were trained in their rights, safety procedures, organizing techniques, and public speaking.

“We decided to change the conditions in our workplace. We demand respect and to be treated as human beings.”
-Raul Pedraza, warehouse worker

On October 11 2015, workers from B&H Photo and their families launched their union campaign, calling for the photo and video giant to fix dangerous workplace conditions and end discrimination against Latinx employees at their warehouses.

In response, a groundswell of support grew amongst community, faith and labor groups, as well as thousands of photo/video professionals and B&H customers.

In the face of a weeks-long anti-union campaign with rampant retaliation and intimidation, B&H Photo workers fought back and voted overwhelmingly to form a union with the United Steelworkers in Brooklyn and later Manhattan warehouses.

The workers are currently in negotiations with B&H Photo for their first union contract. But the struggle continues. Stay tuned for details and ways to support the B&H Photo workers as they fight for justice in the workplace and beyond.

7/10/2016

B&H Workers Train to Win

6/17/2016

Jewish Leaders and Activists Pledge Support of B&H Photo Workers Fighting to Unionize

6/15/2016

225 Jewish Leaders Stand with Workers From B&H

6/14/2016
Press Release

Ricardo Ramirez

6/14/2016
Press Release

Maurilio Basurto Ortega

2/25/2016

After Union Election, B&H Photo Illegally Fires 7 Employees

2/24/2016

B&H Photo Warehouse Workers in Midtown Manhattan Vote 46-14 to Join United Steelworkers

2/23/2016

Workers at B&H Photo’s Manhattan Warehouse Vote to Unionize

2/03/2016

B&H Photo’s Warehouse Workers in Manhattan Join Campaign to End Discriminatory Practices

11/04/2015

In Landslide Vote, B&H Photo Workers Decide to Unionize

11/04/2015

B&H Photo Warehouse Workers Win Historic Union Vote 200-88

11/04/2015

B&H Photo and Video Warehouse Workers Vote Overwhelmingly to Join United Steelworkers

11/03/2015

On Eve of Union Vote, Hundreds of Arts Professionals Sign Open Letter Supporting B&H Photo Workers

10/27/2015

What’s Inside Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Building 664?

10/16/2015

B&H Photo Warehouse Workers Return to Work After Threatened Termination

10/16/2015

Iconic Hasidic-Owned Electronics Store B and H Faces Growing Worker Revolt

10/16/2015

Workers Fight Back Against Racism, Wage Theft, Toxic Hazards, and Chronic Overwork at Brooklyn B&H Warehouse

10/15/2015

Employees Protest Conditions, Move to Unionize, at Independent Photo Retailer B&H

10/13/2015

Workers at B&H Photo Video, Citing Hazards, Move to Unionize

10/12/2015

Photo retailer B&H faces unwanted exposure over worker safety