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Associated Press, Published October 22 2010

Jimmy John's union push fails in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS — A group of employees at 10 Jimmy John's sandwich shops in Minneapolis have narrowly failed to pass a vote to form what would have been a rare union of fast-food restaurant employees.

Ayo Collins, a delivery driver who helped organize the union vote, says Friday that 85 employees voted for the union and 87 voted against it. The owners of the 10 restaurants strongly opposed the effort.

Organizers needed a majority of yes votes in order to be recognized by the National Labor Relations Board, which would have forced the owners to negotiate salaries and benefits with workers.

Collins says he believes the organizing vote failed because too many workers were worried it could have put their jobs at risk. He says union supporters will continue to meet and strategize.

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