Aldi workers schedule vote to join labor union

A dozen workers at a St. Paul Aldi store have formally filed for an election to join UFCW Local 1189, according to union organizer Curtis Neff.

The workers, at 2005 Suburban Avenue, are scheduled to vote on joining the union June 29, Neff says. UFCW 1189 has had a contentious relationship with the supermarket chain. In 2009, the union protested Aldi for not signing a "labor-peace agreement" agreeing not to interfere with workers' efforts to unionize.

Neff says the workers decided to "make changes together" by calling the election and cites "working conditions, safety, high turnover, respect, and accountability issues" as concerns of the employees.

We left a message with Bradford Livingston, the attorney representing Aldi's, but haven't heard back. We'll update this post if we do, and keep you updated on the election as events unfold.

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