Dollar General is America’s fastest growing retailer, with about 12 new stores opening per week. It operates like many chains, targeting a low-income and low-rent area for its locations. With that comes the opportunity to pay low wages to non-union workers, and to under-staff their store, raising profits to the billions. But the stores have been repeatedly cited for their unsafe conditions, putting workers at risk. OSHA has found emergency exits and fire extinguishers blocked by merchandise and other obstacles time after time, resulting in millions of dollars in fines. But now shareholders, pressured by advocacy groups, workers and unions, have voted to require Dollar General’s Board of Directors to hire a third party to survey workers and evaluate business practices, followed by a plan of action to address problems.

Read the full story by Eric Gardner for A More Perfect Union, published May 31, 2023, here:


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