By Shoshy Ciment
Source: Footwear News

Workers at a Patagonia store in Reno, Nev. have voted to unionize their store, becoming the first U.S. location in the outdoor chain to achieve this milestone.

Nine out of 15 eligible employees voted in favor of a union, representing a majority in the 14 total votes that were tallied. The unionized employees will be represented by United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 711. According to data from the National Labor Relations Board, these Patagonia employees filed for an election earlier this year.

“America’s love of the outdoors deserves to be met with an appreciation for the workers who make our adventures possible,” said UFCW international president Marc Perrone in a statement. “Whether in retail, rock climbing, or beyond, all workers deserve to have representation on the job. We are excited to welcome Patagonia workers to the UFCW and look forward to reaching a strong union contract that reflects their hard work and experience.”

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