By Sahid Fawaz
Missouri workers of a Dollar General received good news this week.
“Employees of a mid-Missouri Dollar General had their vote to unionize affirmed by a federal ruling on Thursday.
The National Labor Relations Board, which governs over disputes between unions and employers, upheld the vote to unionize at the Auxvasse store, ending Dollar General’s appeal.
Collin Reischman, a spokesperson for the union, said the company has a legal obligation to negotiate with the union ‘in good faith’ on the employees’ behalf. The union has reached out to start negotiations, he said.
Employees of the Auxvasse store voted 4-2 in December to have United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655 represent them in bargaining with Dollar General. The company has been fighting that vote in the labor relations board since then, but after the national board’s ruling, Dollar General is out of appeals against the first of its stores to unionize.
Dollar General has undertaken an ambitious expansion project while other brick-and-mortar stores are shuttering. At the beginning of 2018, the company said it planned to open 900 new stores and remodel 1,000 this year, according to Business Insider.
The company argued to the labor board that one of the Auxvasse store’s employees affected the outcome of the vote by threatening to slash the tires of anyone who voted against union representation. The employee denied making the threats, and the union argued that, even if the employee made the threats, it was before the “critical period” that would have impacted the vote, according to labor board filings.
After conducting a hearing, labor board officer John Kelly Holderman recommended upholding the union vote, and the acting labor board Regional Director Mary Tobey affirmed the officer’s recommendation in March. By rejecting Dollar General’s appeal, the national board upheld the ruling of the regional director.
A statement from Dollar General said the company is disappointed in the board’s ruling. Repeating the statement it has given each time the union vote was validated, the company said it continues to believe a union is not in its employees’ best interests.”
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