Terri Gerstein Celebrates Ben & Jerry’s Chill Approach to Unionization

Terri Gerstein (’95), Director of the State and Local Enforcement Project at the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program, contributed an article to Slate heralding Ben & Jerry’s atypical cooperative response as workers organize to form Scoopers United (“Ben & Jerry’s Is the Anti-Starbucks,” June 7). “Ben & Jerrys, it seems, realized that a union is neither a dragon to slay nor an indictment of a company, but rather a way for its workforce to have a collective voice. . . . The new union at Ben & Jerry’s is a solid win for the several dozen workers scooping out treats in Vermont. But it also has implications for workers and companies nationwide: Ben & Jerry’s has shown through its actions that American companies have the ability to make a different and better choice when their workers want to unionize.”