Home Depot workers pay the first large-scale union
HomeDeep workers in Philadelphia filed a petition Monday to join a union, according to records on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) website.
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The webpage for the NLRB case shows the petition seeking unionization for 274 workers at a Home Depot in Philadelphia. The Collective Bargaining module will cover marketing, specialty and operations firms, according to the module description on the NLRB website.
The unit’s description stated that “MET associates, loss prevention and all other employees” had been excluded.
The petitioner is listed as Home Depot Workers United. If successful, it could be Home Depot’s first store-wide union.
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Some media outlets have identified Philadelphia Home Depot employee Vincent Quills as an organizer. He told the Philadelphia Inquirer that working conditions, employment and wages are the top concerns of store employees seeking union membership.
FOX Business has reached out to Quiles for comment via LinkedIn.
The home improvement company is “aware” of the petition to the NLRB and “see[s] We look forward to talking to our partners about their concerns,” Home Depot spokeswoman Sarah Gorman told FOX Business on Wednesday.
“Our open door policy is designed to reassure all employees that they can bring their concerns directly to leadership, and we have a proven track record of successfully working with our partners to resolve concerns,” she added. “While we will of course work through the NLRB process, we do not believe that forming unions is the best solution for our partners.”
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Sixty drivers from Home Depot in San Diego joined the international Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 287 in 2019, according to a Teamsters press release.
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Other companies have seen union efforts among their workers. Employees at more than 230 Starbucks locations in the United States have voted to join unions since late 2021. Towards the end of August, workers at Chipotle Mexican Grill at a Lansing, Michigan, restaurant, voted to join the workforce, marking the first example of a restaurant chain.