Could Trader Joe’s be the next Starbucks? This week in the war on workers

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The first union representation election in Trader Joe’s history will happen this month, as workers in Hadley, Massachusetts, vote on July 27 and 28. There are 81 workers in the store eligible to vote, according to organizer Maeg Yosef.

We’re just really thrilled to finally have an election date and we’re really excited to get the final vote total,” Yosef told the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s Brian Steele. “We’re feeling good right now.” 

Workers in a Minneapolis Trader Joe’s also recently announced they are organizing. But while the organic spread of organizing is reminiscent of what’s been happening at Starbucks, Trader Joe’s response is, like Starbucks’, to engage in union-busting attempts. The company fired a pro-union worker in the Minneapolis store. Trader Joe’s is also lying, claiming the union effort is backed by Service Employees International Union (SEIU), but in reality, it is an independent union like the one at Amazon.

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