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UFCW Statement on NLRB Complaint Against Trader Joe’s Closure of NYC Wine Shop

January 18, 2024

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which represents 1.2 million essential workers in grocery, meatpacking, retail, and other essential industries across North America, released the following statement regarding the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision to file a complaint against Trader Joe’s in response to the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge workers brought against the company after it abruptly closed its only wine shop in New York. The Trader Joe’s workers who filed the ULP believed the workplace closure was in retaliation for their efforts to unionize.  

UFCW International released the following statement:

“With the NLRB’s complaint and notice of hearing, former Trader Joe’s wine shop crew members in New York are one step closer to getting the justice they deserve. These workers showed up every day, delivering the knowledge and service that Trader Joe’s is so famous for, only to wake up and find out that their store had been closed overnight.

“Let’s make one thing clear: Trader Joe’s shamelessly and illegally engaged in union busting to scare Trader Joe’s workers across the region and stop these workers from having a voice on the job. We applaud the NLRB’s decision to move forward with the ULP charge filed by crew members and look forward to holding Trader Joe’s accountable for their egregious anti-worker behavior.”


The UFCW International is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.2 million workers and their families in grocery, meatpacking, food processing, healthcare, cannabis, retail, and other essential industries. UFCW members serve our communities in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Learn more about the UFCW at ufcw.org.

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