Minneapolis-based Du Nord Craft Spirits announced that it voluntarily recognizes and supports its production team’s plans to unionize and has signed an agreement that recognizes UNITE HERE! Local 17, AFL-CIO as the sole and exclusive bargaining agent. UNITE HERE! is Minnesota’s hospitality union, representing “…more than 6,000 workers in hotels, restaurants, sports complexes, convention centers, and the airport in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and surrounding suburbs.”
“We voluntarily recognize this union out of respect for our staff, and we plan to negotiate in good faith,” said Du Nord owner & CEO, Chris Montana, in a press release.
Also in the press release, the distillery mentioned that unions have a long history of building collective power among industries to ensure all workers are compensated fairly and treated with respect, and this is another way for Du Nord Craft Spirits to raise up its world.