1st Trader Joe's store unionizes in California

A Trader Joes in Oakland became the first in California to unionize on April 20, 2023 and only the fourth of the chains supermarkets to form a union.  (KTVU FOX 2)

A Trader Joe's in Oakland has become the first of the chain's supermarkets in California to unionize. 

The workers at the Rockridge neighborhood grocery store voted Thursday 73 to 53 in favor of forming a union.

Employees said they deserved a seat at the bargaining table when it comes to pay, benefits and safety.

Trader Joe's United, the nascent union, celebrated the vote with an Instagram post

Trader Joe's employees have previously unionized stores in Hadley, Mass. Louisville, and Minneapolis.