Pilot store workers in New Jersey vote to unionize

| 2/27/2014

Workers at the Pilot Travel Center in Bloomsbury, N.J., have voted by a 12-7 margin to unionize. The workers will be joining the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union.

According to The Tennessean, Monday’s secret ballot follows a “hotly contested campaign in which the union and company executives traded charges about what unionization would mean for the 20 employees eligible to vote.”

According to union officials, the New Jersey Pilot is the first Pilot outlet to vote for unionization.

This week’s news report follows another one that newspaper has been covering – the unsuccessful effort by the United Auto Workers union to organize workers at a Volkswagen facility in Chattanooga. According to The Tennessean, Gov. Bill Haslam, whose family owns the travel center chain, was a vocal opponent of the UAW effort.

Haslam’s family owns the travel center chain. Pilot Flying J is headed by James A. “Jimmy” Haslam II.

The Bloomsbury Pilot Travel Center is located at NJ Highway 173 Exit 7 and Interstate 78.