Workers at a Home Depot in Philadelphia voted 165-to-51 against establishing a union Saturday.
If the vote on the petition had been successful, the National Labor Relations Board says 274 employees would have been represented by Home Depot Workers United, according to the Associated Press. It also would have been the first storewide labor union for the home improvement store chain, which has a total of 500,000 employees across its 2,316 stores in North America.
“With a heavy heart I must announce that we lost our bid for unionization,” leader of the unionization movement Vince Quiles tweeted Saturday. “To those looking to take this fight on, please know that this was not a win on Home Depot’s part, but a loss on ours. We let them off the hook, but we fought. And that’s what matters most. Fight.”
“If you learn, you didn’t lose,” a Twitter account dedicated to the movement called Home Depot Workers United responded online.
The company and union representatives have five days to file objections.
In 2019, 60 Home Depot drivers joined the Local 287 Teamsters in San Diego as the very first unionized employees of the store. The process was described as an “uphill battle” that lasted “several years,” according to the Teamsters.