Labor News From Our Region
Dollar General manager fired after sharing post about unionizing
Workers at a Dollar General store in Auxvasse, MO, voted to join United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655, in December, becoming the first Dollar General store in the country where employees have successfully voted to unionize.
Margeorie Nation shared a post by a page called Dollar General Mayhem, which linked to an article by KOMU 8 News about the unionization vote by employees at the Auxvasse location.
The copy that accompanied the page’s post included the language: “Finally, it’s a start! I hope this becomes a trend in the rest of the company. S**** your anti-union mission statement, Dollar General.”
Nation posted in the comments section that she was sharing the post for the purpose of asking what people thought about the page’s stance.
“I never said that this is Dollar General’s beliefs. None of that,” she said. “And then… I was fired over it. Well, I don’t know if it was that, but that’s the only thing that I posted.”
‘VIOLATED SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY’
Nation told KOMU she was told she was being fired because she “violated social media policy.”
“I said, ‘How did I violate it? What did I post?’ Their response was they couldn’t tell me. Okay, well can you show me? I asked ‘Can you show me?’ and the HR guy started to reach back I guess for like his phone or tablet or whatever and then he was like ‘Oh, well that’s unavailable to us right now,’” she said.
In an email statement, Dollar General said:
“While we do not discuss personnel matters publicly out of respect for the privacy of individuals, it is unfortunate that Ms. Nation has decided to suggest that her departure was unfair or she was mistreated in any way. That is simply not true.”
MOST PEOPLE WOULD WANT BETTER RIGHTS AND PAY
Nation said she did not have an opinion on the employee vote to unionize the Auxvasse store, but added her thoughts that most people would want better pay and better rights as employees.
Nation also said the Glasgow store never considering unionizing, but her coworkers wanted to know what the possible unionization in Auxvasse meant for them. She is now seeking a new job and legal representation.
“My heart and soul was in that store,” she said. “I showed up to work, I stayed late, I worked my butt off for that store. I missed time with my kids – things that I can’t get back because of my job. But I also took pride in what I did and I was happy.”