Joining a Union

Why it's hard to organize workers

Cintas is the largest industrial laundry business in North America. According to Forbes, it is the 417th largest corporation in the United States and is run by Richard Farmer, the 140th richest American. Farmer’s personal wealth is estimated to be $1.5 billion. For the last year and a half, Cintas’s seventeen thousand employees have been the focus of an organizing campaign by Unite-HERE, the new merger of the old garment and hotel...

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About the Author

Tom Smucker, who spent thirty years as a telephone central-office technician in New York City, is a retired member of Local 1101, Communications Workers of America.