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Workers at downtown Minneapolis Trader Joe's vote to become 2nd in nation to unionize

The vote was certified by the National Labor Relations Board Friday.
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Employees at the Trader Joe’s in downtown Minneapolis have voted to unionize, making them the second location in the country to do so.

The union, Trader Joe’s United, was formed after a 55-5 vote was certified by the National Labor Relations Board Friday.

Workers at the grocery store began organizing in the spring, according to a statement from the union.

“This story, our story, where everyday folks come together in break rooms and at rallies and form brand new unions and struggle together — despite the fact that it was always difficult — this story will continue to be told, because we will continue to work together for a more equitable future,” the statement reads.

The vote makes the downtown location the second in the country to unionize, with the first being in Hadley, Massachusetts in late July.

And workers at a Trader Joe’s in Boulder, Colorado may become the third, with employees filing a petition for a union election last month, according to the Daily Camera

In a statement, Trader Joe's said:

"Employees in our Minneapolis, MN store recently voted to be represented by a union. While we are concerned about how this new rigid legal relationship will impact Trader Joe's culture, we are prepared to immediately begin discussions with their collective bargaining representative to negotiate a contract. Trader Joe's offers all of its Crew Members, across the country, an industry-leading package of pay, benefits, and flexible working conditions. We are committed to responding quickly when circumstances change to ensure we are doing the right thing to support our Crew. For example, we provided "thank you" pay for 15 months in response to COVID-19 and, responding to the current inflationary environment, recently provided two market-based pay adjustments to our Crew. We are proud of our more than 50-year history of consistently supporting our Crew."

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