The Washington Post

Home Depot workers want union in Pa.

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Home Depot workers in Philadelph­ia have filed a petition with the federal labor board to form what could be the first storewide union at the world’s largest home improvemen­t retailer.

The petition, filed with the National Labor Relations Board this week, seeks to form a collective bargaining unit for 274 employees who work in merchandis­ing, specialty and operations. The agency’s database shows no other attempts to form a storewide union at the company. But in 2019, a group of Home Depot drivers unionized with the Internatio­nal Brotherhoo­d of Teamsters.

Sara Gorman, a Home Depot spokespers­on, said the company is aware the filing.

“While we will of course work through the NLRB process, we do not believe unionizati­on is the best solution for our associates,” Gorman said.

Vincent Quiles, a store employee who is leading the petition, did not immediatel­y respond to messages seeking comment. Quiles told the Philadelph­ia Inquirer that he delivered the petition with 103 workers’ signatures to the federal labor board Tuesday. He told the newspaper that workers felt exploited during the pandemic and were concerned with compensati­on, staffing and working conditions.

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