YogaWorks New York City teachers voted “yes” by an overwhelming majority to join the IAM. This is the first-ever union for yoga teachers and movement educators in the United States.
YogaWorks NY teachers voted YES by an overwhelming majority to come together as a union! As the first ever union for yoga teachers and movement educators in the United States, we have a chance to make a real difference in the yoga industry.
— Unionize Yoga (@Unionize_Yoga) November 18, 2019
The IAM filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of 124 YogaWorks New York teachers in mid-October. ⠀
New York YogaWorks teachers voted in favor of a union by an “overwhelming majority,” @MachinistsUnion tells me
— Sarah Jones (@onesarahjones) November 18, 2019
The teachers organized around making yoga instruction a sustainable profession, with industry standards that provide for an ethical practice that also balances the needs of profit with the core tenets of Yoga. Traditionally, the yoga and fitness industry was dominated by small “mom and pop” studios. Over the last decade, larger companies, with the backing of venture capitalist funds, have been buying up smaller studios and consolidating their market share.
The high profile organizing campaign received support all over the nation, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer , AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler and U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
YogaWorks, Inc. is one of the largest providers of high-quality yoga instruction in the U.S.
Months ago yoga instructors in New York began a union campaign at YogaWorks, one of the nation’s biggest studio chains. Management tried to dissuade them. Today they voted to form the country’s first yoga workers union. Background here: https://t.co/lOYI9Bqh1i
— Colin Moynihan (@ColinRMoynihan) November 18, 2019