Discount retailer is latest U.SD. business to see fed up employees attempt to unionize

The low-cost retailer Dollar General has the highest number of store locations in America, with over 17,600 stores in 46 states, and its golden and black logo has become ubiquitous across the country.

The company’s rapid footprint is continuing to grow, as a staggering nearly one out of every three retail stores opening in America this year is now a Dollar General. All that business generates dizzying revenue too: the company reported $33.7bn in sales last fiscal year.

Currently, none of the thousands of Dollar General retail stores are unionized, as the company is aggressively opposed to unions with a company philosophy of remaining “union free”. Yet a handful of workers at a Dollar General store in Barkhamsted, Connecticut, are pushing to change that, with a union election scheduled for 22 October to join the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), the Guardian reports.

Five workers at the store are currently eligible to vote in the election, as a sixth employee was abruptly fired just a day before a 9 October cut-off to be eligible. They requested to remain anonymous for fear of risking other job prospects.

 

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