Shop with solidarity at these unionized (and unionizing) stores and publishers.


James Folta

April 11, 2024, 2:21pm

Looking to spend your book budget more wisely? We’ve compiled a list of publishers and bookstores that are unionized or in the process of unionizing that deserve your business. Some of these bookstores are still in the process of unionizing, and beyond giving them your business, keep an eye out for ways you can support them. For a more general overview of book unions, I recommend these pieces by Kim Kelly in Teen Vogue and Hamilton Nolan in Jacobin on the spread of booksellers’ unions, the issues at play, and what a unionized future for books might look like.

And a big shout-out to ILWU Local 5, representing Portland area workers including booksellers at Powells, who have compiled an amazing map of unionized and unionizing bookstores in the US, Canada, and Australia!

Did we miss any bookstores or publishers? We want to keep this list current and updated!  Please email us with any corrections or additions!


Publishers

Verso Books
X @VersoBooksGuild

HarperCollins
www.2110uaw.org
X @hcpunion

Duke University Press
www.dupworkersunion.org

The New Press
X @tnpunion

Oxford University Press
www.oxfordpressunion.org

Bookstores

Barnes & Noble
7 Locations
www.barnesandnobleunion.org
Instagram @barnesandnobleunion
X @BNWorkers

Book People
Austin, TX
Instagram @bookpeopleunited
X @BkPeople_United

Bookshop Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Instagram @bscworkers
X @BSCWorkers
www.cwa9423.org

Book Soup
Los Angeles, CA
Instagram @booksoupunion

Bull Moose
Maine, New Hampshire
www.ufcw.org

Center For Book Arts
New York, NY
Instagram @unionizecba
X @unionizecba

City Lights
San Francisco, CA
​X @CityLightsUnion

Copperfields Books
Petaluma CA
Insta @copperfieldsbooksunion
X @copperbookunion

Elliott Bay Book Company
Seattle, WA
www.bookworkersunion.org
Instagram @book_workers
X @book_workers

Green Apple Books
San Francisco, CA
www.ufcw5.org

Greenlight Bookstore
Brooklyn, NY
www.rwdsu.org

Half-Price Books
13 Locations
www.ufcw.org
X @HPBWorkersUnite

Harvard Bookstore
Boston, MA
Instagram @hbsunion

Housing Works
New York, NY
Instagram @housingworksunion
X @hworksunion

Labyrinth Books
Princeton, NJ
Instagram @labyrinthbooksunion

McKays Books
Knoxville TN
Instagram @mckays_knox_workers
X @McKaysKnoxUnion

McNally Jackson / Goods for the Study
New York, NY
www.rwdsu.org

Moe’s Books
Berkeley, CA
X @moesbooksunion

Page 1 Books
Albuquerque, NM
Instagram @page1workers
X @page1workers

Politics & Prose
Washington DC
www.ufcw.org
X @PolProseUnion

Powell’s Books
Portland, OR
www.ilwulocal5.com
@ILWULocal5

Printed Matter
New York, NY
Instagram @printedmatterunion

Skylight Books
Los Angeles, CA
X @skylight_union
Instagram @skylightbooksellersunion

Shelf Life Books
Richmond VA
www.ufcw.org

Solid State Books
Washington, DC
www.ufcw.org

The Strand
New York, NY
X @strandbooksell1





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