Support Massage Bar therapists still seeking first union contract

The following is from Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU) Local 8:

SEATAC (Dec. 17, 2015) — OPEIU Local 8 represented Licensed Massage Therapists working at the Massage Bar at Sea-Tac International Airport have been negotiating a first contract for more than two years. In August 2013, these professional employees voted overwhelmingly to form a union with OPEIU, joining their Massage Bar co-workers in Sacramento represented by OPEIU Local 29.

Massage Bar employees are leafleting at Sea-Tac Airport this week to bring attention to their efforts to secure a contract.

The Therapists continue to stand united for a contract that will recognize their professional skills by providing decent compensation, improving workplace standards and guaranteeing a meaningful voice on the job where all employees have a way to resolve problems and concerns.

“Our base wages have been stagnant for years, yet our employer refuses to address this,” said Massage Bar Therapist Heather Parent, “and that hurts our ability to provide great service to our clients.”

TAKE A STAND — Please support the efforts of these hard-working employees by calling The Massage Bar Inc.’s CEO Chris Woods at 206-985-7177 or emailing cwoods@massagebar.com. Tell him you support the Massage Therapists and urge him to settle a contract that will be good for employees and for business.

OPEIU Local 8 is a statewide union representing members at Group Health, Sea Mar Community Health Center, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, Seattle Housing Authority, Solid Ground, and many other health, housing and social service organizations.

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