Dollar General employees will decide within the month if the store at 10060 Halls Ferry Road in St. Louis will become the second store in the company’s history to vote for unionization, following a vote by employees at the Auxvasse, MO store to become the first ever to vote to join a union late last year.
The Auxvasse store voted for representation from United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655 in December of 2017. After the historic win, Local 655 — the state’s largest private sector local union — began working with employees at other Dollar General stores that were interested in union representation. Local 655 organizers filed for an election at the Halls Ferry store Feb. 28 after 100 percent of the stores employees signed union authorization cards approving an election.
“I’m excited that the employees of Dollar General will have an opportunity to choose to join our union family,” said UFCW Local 655 President David Cook. “Working Missourians deserve a chance for a better life, and that’s exactly what a union can offer them.”
The election will be held within the next 25 calendar days as prescribed by law and determined by the National Labor Relations Board.
UFCW Local 655 covers much of the Eastern half of Missouri, representing more than 10,000 members working primarily in the grocery industry as well as retail and food processing facilities.