August 16, 2012

Communication Workers of America Local 7901 walks away!
Dosha Salon Spa is once again united and UNION FREE!
After spending thousands of dollars and dividing the Dosha family CWA local 7901 gives up!

CONGRATULATIONS to the Professionals of Dosha


July 19 2012 Dosha Update: Decertification Election of  Communication Workers of America Local 7901

The professionals of Dosha Salon Spa have had their patience pay off and are expecting a mid to late August date to vote for decertifying the CWA local 7901. The professionals are upbeat and want to get the word out. The final date will be announced here on


July 2011:

Dosha employees have a rare second chance, now that you have seen how CWA 7901 operates is this what you really wanted?

To the professionals of Dosha Salon Spa. Please consider carefully your rights and the reality of joining a labor union such as the Communications Workers of America Local 7901. Aligning with a labor unions removes your ability as an individual and as a professional to negotiate for yourself and places it in the hands of a labor union whose interests are only to make money for the labor union. Remember labor unions themselves are a business. Their business is to make you believe you need them, pull you in and then charge you for their “protection”. Labor unions perpetuate the mediocre, the weak, demanding equal pay regardless of output. Those of you who put the most into your profession, the most into your customer service skills, the most into your craft will get the same rewards as those who give much much less. Joining a labor union is easy. Removing a labor union is nearly impossible. When the labor union calls a strike are you willing to walk off the job and picket? Did you know that when you strike you do not get paid, cannot collect sick pay or vacation time? Do your research, check the facts before you vote. Vote NO!


3 Responses to Dosha

  1. Louise September 19, 2012 at 07:13 #

    Reality check: Read something other that Sherwood’s hate piece here:

    Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 7901 called it quits at Dosha Salon Spa on Aug. 16 — a week before a scheduled decertification election was to have taken place. Local 7901 president Madelyn Elder said the decision to “disclaim interest” was a painful one, and came after a discussion with a committee of pro-union workers. Sentiment among Dosha workers was running two-to-one against continued union representation, Elder said. Hair stylists, massage therapists, estheticians and other workers at the five-location Aveda-branded chain had voted 79 to 66 to unionize on March 30, 2011. But Dosha’s owners never agreed to a union contract.

    Dosha hired former Oregon Republican Party chair Bob Tiernan to oversee negotiations, which were handled by his associate, Al Orheim. The negotiations went nowhere, Elder said: The union made all sorts of proposals, to which the employer’s response was “no” — even to a proposal for direct deposit of paychecks.

    When there is no union contract a year after workers vote to unionize, the National Labor Relations Act allows a decertification vote.

    “Employers know they can wear us down, and at the end of the year, get workers to sign an anti-union petition,” Elder said. “All they have to do is say, ‘Well, what did they accomplish for you?’ They say, ‘What’s in your contract? Oh, you don’t have a contract. Then why do you have a union?’”

    Meanwhile, turnover took its toll, of employees and of union supporters. Elder thinks a majority of those employed at Dosha today were not there a year ago, when the vote to unionize took place. And most of the actively pro-union workers quit for better jobs elsewhere as bargaining dragged on.

    “Our people stuck it out as long as they could,” Elder said. “But our committee started leaving because they believed that we weren’t going to get a contract. And they were absolutely correct. We could have gotten a contract if we’d agreed to everything staying the way it is now, but why would we do that?”

  2. Sherwood Cox October 30, 2011 at 20:46 #

    I think your comment answers itself considering the state of the education system, the high costs of services vs the quality received. Under the current conditions, you don’t get what you are paying a whole lot for.

  3. Jose Pacheco October 19, 2011 at 20:43 #

    “Labor unions perpetuate the mediocre, the weak, demanding equal pay regardless of output.”

    Interesting quote considering teachers, police officers, fire fighters, transportation, utility, communications, aerospace, etc…the list goes on and on are union workers.

    Mediocre and weak? If Dosha is such a fantastic place to work, why would employees feel the need to look for outside help? Hmm…

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