Target the employees of the Virginia store for a union election

A worker delivers an order to a drive up customer at a Target store on August 19, 2020 in Miami, Florida.

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Target has joined the growing list of large companies where employees are looking to form a union.

On Tuesday, employees at a Virginia store filed for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board. Workers seek collective bargaining and gain representation through the New River Valley General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World.

The workers who have applied for the election are located in 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 headquarters has 100 employees, according to the petition filed with the NLRB.

Target said in a statement Wednesday that it has invested in its workforce, with starting wages ranging from $ 15 to $ 24 an hour, health care benefits, and a program that covers the cost of some associated and university degrees.

“At Target, our team members are at the heart of our strategy and success and we have a deep commitment to listen to our team and create an environment of mutual trust where the voice of each team member is important,” he has declared.

The NLRB filing was first reported by The New Republic.

across the country companies have seen a spike in union activity this year. Workers at major consumer brands from Starbucks to Apple they applied for union elections. Amazon Staten Island employees took a historic victory in early April, when they have voted for the company’s first union warehouse in the United States More than 250 Starbucks the locations filed petitions and 64 company-owned Starbucks stores voted to join the union, starting Tuesday.

The organizational effort also captured the attention and support of President Joe Biden. He met with national union leaders last week, including an organizer who helped the Starbucks union push. The chain of coffee shops he criticized the meeting and asked for his visit to the White House.

Walmartthe largest retailer in the nation, it is not syndicated. Krogera grocery 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 Luca contributed to this story.