Yoga teachers at Yoga Works in New York City are seeking to join together with the Machinists Union. The IAM recently filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to hold union representation elections. YogaWorks, Inc. is one of the largest providers of high-quality yoga instruction in the U.S.
Yoga means union, joining together for a greater cause.
When our voice is heard, we as employees will thrive, the students will thrive, and the company will thrive.
— Unionize Yoga (@Unionize_Yoga) September 12, 2019
Teachers are organizing around making yoga instruction a sustainable profession, with industry standards that provide for an ethical practice that also balances the needs of profit with the core tenets of Yoga. Traditionally, the Yoga/Fitness industry was dominated by small “mom and pop” studios. Over the last decade, larger companies, with the backing of venture capitalist funds, have been buying up the smaller studios and consolidating their market share.
“Who better than us in the labor movement to help these workers in their struggle for fairness,” said Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro, Sr. “All workers deserve good benefits, fair wages, and an expectation of job security. Workers are being left behind by corporations in multibillion-dollar industries. The IAM can help these instructors level the playing field by advocating for benefits and fairness in the workplace.”
The Yoga Instructors vs. the Private Equity Firm New York Times
Workers of all backgrounds are standing up for their rights. That includes yoga teachers, who are facing down shameful anti-union propaganda from their Wall Street owners. This is exactly the kind of energy we need to rebuild the middle class. https://t.co/VgH64dK0OP
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) September 12, 2019
@ewarren supports @Unionize_Yoga! Her message to us is, stay strong out there
We were thrilled to meet her and shake her hand after her inspiring speech to Washington Square Park. One of us even got a hug #unionizeyoga #WarrenNYC #mywarrenselfie pic.twitter.com/mjDob9QSOt
— Unionize Yoga (@Unionize_Yoga) September 17, 2019
Becoming a union will help everyone who loves Yoga. It will enable teachers to do what they love and support themselves. It will raise the bar at Yoga studios. Teachers will be able to live the life they are preaching — less stress, more Yoga, and a sustainable lifestyle. pic.twitter.com/Y8P01bieDk
— Unionize Yoga (@Unionize_Yoga) September 15, 2019
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