No mystery here: Politics and Prose workers ratify historic first contract

“It’s not a mystery, it’s not a thriller,” said John Fisher, a bookseller at Politics and Prose bookstore. He wasn’t talking about a book. “When workers first considered unionizing, some people thought it was fantasy,” Fisher said at a press conference on Tuesday announcing the first union contract at a DC-area bookstore. “But now it’s a reality and I’m excited to find out what happens next.” Joining Fisher and his colleague Isa Salazar were P&P co-owner Lissa Muscatine, At Large DC Council member Elissa Silverman, Metro Washington Labor Council Political Director Dejah Williams and leaders from UFCW Local 400, which represents the Politics and Prose workers’ union. “It is an honor to be part of this union organizing wave that is happening across the country,” said Salazar, a P&P subscriptions coordinator. “We look forward to continuing to work cooperatively and constructively with the union in achieving our joint goal of strengthening P&P for our community of readers,” said Politics and Prose co-owners Brad Graham and Lissa Muscatine in a statement. “Today’s achievement ensures that Politics and Prose will continue to succeed and serve the community well into the future,” said UFCW Local 400 President Mark Federici. 
Read more here. photo by Chris Garlock/Union City: (l-r) Silverman, Salazar, Fisher, Mike Wilson, Dejah Williams. 

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