A worker delivers an order to a customer at a Target store on August 19, 2020 in Miami, Florida.
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Goal has joined the growing list of major companies where employees are trying to form a union.
Employees at a Virginia store appeared Tuesday before the National Labor Relations Board for a union election. Workers seek collective bargaining and gain representation through the New River Valley Industrial Workers of the World General Membership Branch.
The workers running for election are at a Target store in Christiansburg, a city in the far west of the state that is about 8 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 been investing in its workforce, with a starting wage of between $15 and $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 at the core of our strategy and success, and we have a deep commitment to listening to our team and creating an environment of mutual trust where the voice of every team member matters,” he said.
The NLRB filing was first reported by The New Republic.
across the country, companies have seen an increase in union activity this year. Workers of the main consumer brands of starbucks for Apple have stood for union elections. Amazon employees on Staten Island achieved a historic victory in early April when He voted for the company’s first unionized warehouse in the US. More than 250 starbucks locations have filed petitions, and 64 company-owned Starbucks stores have voted to unionize, as of Tuesday.
The organizing effort has even drawn the attention and support of President Joe Biden. He met last week with national union leaders, including an organizer helping Starbucks union drive. The coffee chain criticized the meeting and requested his visit to the White House.
walmartthe largest retailer in the country, is not unionized. Krogera supermarket 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 amelia lucas contributed to this story.