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Home Depot workers in Philadelphia file to unionize

A unionization effort is underway at a Home Depot store in Philadelphia.

Add a home improvement giant to the growing list of retailers facing a union drive. 

Workers at a Home Depot store in Philadelphia have filed a petition to unionize with the National Labor Relations Board, reported Bloomberg. The 274 employees included in the petition work in merchandising, specialty and operations, and the union is listed as “Home Depot Workers United,” the report said.

The move comes amid a growing labor movement that has hit other retailers such as REI, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Apple and, most notably, Starbucks. Since last year, 236 of Starbucks' approximately 9,000 company-owned U.S. locations have voted to unionize.

Home Depot told Bloomberg it is aware of the NLRB filing and that it has “a track record of working successfully with our associates to resolve concerns.” 

“While we will of course work through the NLRB process, we do not believe unionization is the best solution for our associates,” the company said in an email as reported by Bloomberg.

Home Depot operates 2,316 stores in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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