Buy a book to help a laid-off union member

Powell’s Books in Portland, Ore., is in the process of laying off 7 percent of its workers due to declining sales. International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 5 units at Powell’s Burnside and Beaverton stores, as well as the Hoyt Street and Northwest industrial warehouses are affected by the layoffs but Local 5 President Ryan Van Winkle said that Powell’s was proactive in notifying workers of their bumping and separation rights.
Local 5 has coordinated with Powell’s to establish a shop-in, which will send 7.5 percent of each purchase to a fund to assist displaced workers. Now’s the time to stock up on books for friends, family and yourself. Each purchase you make will assist a laid-off sister or brother.(You can also shop from Powells through the AFT member benefits web site.)


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