Target Virginia store employees file for union election

A worker delivers an order to a customer by car at a Target store on August 19, 2020 in Miami, Florida.

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Target has joined the growing list of big companies where employees are trying to form a union.

Employees at a Virginia store filed a union election with the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday. Workers want to collectively bargain and gain representation through the New River Valley General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World.

The workers who filed for election are at a Target store in Christiansburg, a town on the far western edge of the state, about eight miles south of Virginia Tech University. The location has 100 employees, according to the petition filed with the NLRB.

Target said in a statement Wednesday that it has invested in its workforce, with a starting salary range of $15 to $24 an hour, health care benefits and a program that covers the cost of some associate and undergraduate degrees.

“At Target, our team members are central to our strategy and success, and we are deeply committed to listening to our team and creating an environment of mutual trust where each team member’s voice counts,” did he declare.

The NLRB dossier was first reported by The New Republic.

Businesses across the country have seen a spike in union activity this year. Workers at major consumer brands, from Starbucks to Apple, have filed for union elections. Amazon workers in Staten Island scored a historic victory in early April when they voted for the company’s first unionized warehouse in the United States.

The organizing effort even caught the attention and support of President Joe Biden. He met with national union leaders last week, including an organizer helping the Starbucks union lobby. The coffee chain criticized the encounter and demanded his visit to the White House.

Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, is not unionized. Kroger, a grocery chain that competes with Walmart and Target, has long had thousands of employees represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.

-CNBC reporter Amelie Lucas contributed to this story.

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