Big news for employees of the world's largest fashion retailer, Zara. The Spanish brand's U.S. store employees have voted to form a union in New York City. Buzzfeed reports that over 1000 store employees will be represented by the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU). The union also represents workers at other big fashion retailers like Bloomingdale's and Macy's.
"We applaud Zara for recognizing the rights of its employees to choose to unionize, without interference," said President of RWDSU Stuart Appelbaum in a statement to Buzzfeed. "Zara, the largest fast-fashion retailer in the world, is sending a strong message." Zara's Spanish parent company, Inditex, did not oppose the move and told Buzzfeed News, "This is a normal consequence of our commitment regarding the rights of freedom of association worldwide." With over 7000 stores around the globe, this successful move in New York could pave the way for other U.S. locations who wish to form unions.
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