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Genesee Co-op Federal Credit Union workers form union

From the Rochester Business Journal:

Genesee Co-op Federal Credit Union workers in Rochester have unanimously chosen to form a union with the Communications Workers of America.

The Genesee Co-op workers won union recognition through a majority sign up procedure agreed to by the credit union and officiated by Mark Gaston Pearce, executive director of the Workers’ Rights Institute at Georgetown University Law Center.

The credit union also agreed to respect workers’ rights to form a union and remain neutral during the organizing.

“We are incredibly proud to welcome Genesee Co-op credit union workers into our union family and take steps forward to a strong contract that improves their wages and working conditions,” said John Pusloskie, president of CWA Local 1170, in a statement. “The agreement by the credit union’s leaders to remain neutral and respect their employees’ right to organize sets a powerful example for other banks and credit unions to follow. Respecting union rights doesn’t just ensure fairness and decency for all workers, it improves the quality of services financial institutions can provide.” 

A Community Development Financial Institution, Genesee Co-op FCU predominantly serves people with low and moderate incomes. The credit union has more than 3,500 member owners