Sierra Designs Boycott Resolved
On December 12th, 1984, Alan Botsford for Sierra Designs management and the negotiating group of the Sierra Designs Workers Union, led by SDWU President Betty Chisolm, came to an agreement ending a dispute that began when SD announced plant closure layoffs 3 months earlier. Discussion of the plant closure and boycott that followed can be found here and here on the site.
The agreement they signed follows below and is worth a quick scan. Key points were an improved severance package and the creation of a big blow out sale to benefit the workers. My favorite part? The language:
In the spirit of renewed UNITY, HARMONY, BROTHERHOOD, PEACE ON EARTH and the celebration of a coming new year by all of our races, religions, and nationalities, the workers whole-heartedly endorse the Sierra Desings plan for a GIGANTIC JANUARY COAT SALE EXTRAVAGANZA, and pledge to do all in our power to make this an overwhelming success. 10% of the gross sales will go to the workers.
One addition not mentioned but added shortly thereafter was an agreement to fund a feasibility study for a new, worker owned manufacturing business that some of the workers planned to set up (more on that next). I've added at the end a summary created by the Sierra Designs Workers Union shortly after the initial agreement that makes that clear.
(Pictured above: I wish I could remember the names of everyone I worked with back in the early 80's. I clipped out a few images where I could remember some. In image one: Betty Tatum and Alan Botsford. In the second small image: Tony Allen, Alan ?, Mrs Huey, Lynn Ferrin, Steve Langmaid. Image three: Gail Ross.)
Here's the original signed document. (I could use some help with Patricia and Julie's last names if anyone has them.)
And here's a summary after adding in components of the new biz.
There's a full document set here. Thanks to Susan Schacher for the document trove.
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