Lululemon workers in Washington, DC have filed for a union election, joining workers at other big companies aiming to organize amid a wave of union victories over the past year.
The group of workers, which calls itself the Association of Collaborative Educators, is seeking to organize a store in the Georgetown neighborhood that has about 30 employees. The company describes its sales staff as educators.
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Among other demands, he calls for more pay transparency and “fair pay structures”.
“Our core values of personal responsibility, entrepreneurship, honesty, courage, connection, fun and inclusion led us to this decision,” the group wrote in a post on its Twitter page on Thursday.
The election petition, which was released Thursday evening, was filed this week with the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency that oversees union elections.
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The NLRB calls an election if it determines that a union has the support of at least 30% of workers.
Lululemon said in a prepared statement that the company values the “direct connection” it has with its employees and encourages “open and honest two-way communication, ongoing collaboration and trust.” A spokesperson said the sportswear maker has been made aware of the petition and will “respect the process and be happy to continue conversations with our teams.”
“At lululemon, our culture is about building lasting relationships with each other and putting our people first,” the spokesperson said.
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The labor campaign at Lululemon comes amid a wave of union organizing at major corporations across the country. More than 189 US Starbucks stores have voted to unionize since late last year. Employees at an Apple store in suburban Baltimore last month formed their first U.S. union, about two months after Amazon workers at a warehouse in Staten Island, New York, did the same. Workers at a Trader Joe’s grocery store in western Massachusetts have also called for their own elections in May.