Quile, 27, who works in the store’s reception department and has been on the staff for five and a half years, said she is not sure of the store’s exact number and believes there are many vacancies.
“That’s one of the main reasons we’re doing it. Everyone there is overworked,” Quiles said when asked about the motivation behind the vote. “It’s paid, but so are the employees, proper training, work environment.”
Home Depot released a statement saying it will work with the union’s voting process, but does not support the union’s organizing effort.
“We look forward to speaking with our members about their concerns,” the statement said. “Our open door policy is designed to ensure that all members can bring their concerns directly to leadership, and we have successfully worked with our members to resolve them. We do not believe that unionization is the best solution for our members.”
Union organizing votes are up this year, according to data from the National Labor Relations Board, which oversees most organizing efforts in the private sector.
There were 826 union elections between January and July of this year, a 45% increase over the same period in 2021, according to a CNN analysis of NLRB data. And the unions’ 70% success rate in those votes is far better than their 42% success rate in the first seven months of 2021.
But only 41,000 potential union members were eligible to vote in the 2022 election. Even if unions won all of those votes—the NLRB data doesn’t break down how many workers worked at each voting company—it would be a tiny fraction of the more than 100 million workers at U.S. companies. a union, according to Labor Department statistics.
Despite the popularity of Starbucks and Amazon workers, the retail sector still has a lower than average percentage of unionized workers. Only 4.4 percent of retail workers are members of a union, according to Labor Department data, compared to 6.1 percent of private sector workers overall and 10.3 percent of all U.S. workers.
Nearly half of US union members work at various levels of government, not in business. There are five times more workers in the private sector than in the public sector.