Trader Joe’s workers agree to unionize at Massachusetts store


Jeff Wells, GroceryDive

July 28, 2022


Dive Brief:


·         Workers at a Trader Joe’s store in Hadley, Massachusetts, voted in favor of unionization on Thursday, creating the grocery chain’s first employee union.

·         The final vote tally was 45 in favor and 31 against, with no challenged ballots, to form a union under Trader Joe’s United, the independent organization that coordinated the vote.

·         Workers at a Trader Joe’s store in Minnesota will also hold a union vote next month, while workers at a location in Colorado have also filed for a union election.


Dive Insight:


The vote in favor of unionization at the Trader Joe’s in Hadley, Massachusetts, could encourage organizing activity at other locations in the popular grocery chain and comes at a time when store workers across the country are pushing for additional rights and protections.


Employees at the Hadley store initiated their union drive to address concerns they’ve had over pay, benefits and safety. In early June, Trader Joe’s United sent a series of tweets noting that the company provided insufficient pay, had cut retirement benefits and had not responded to workers’ concerns over store safety...


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