Wearing red slogan-clad t-shirts, holding personalized signs and chanting in both English and Albanian, hundreds of TJ Maxx distribution center workers stood outside their building on Goddard Memorial Drive raising awareness for their demands during contract negotiations. Employees from other TJX companies and distribution centers around the state were also on hand to participate in the rally.
The union, the New England Joint Board of Unite Here, represents over 9,000 employees of the textile, manufacturing and laundry industries across Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Union members cite TJX Co.’s record profits this third quarter as reason to provide a better contract for its workers.
We’ll have more information on this, including TJX’s stand, after the weekend.
Carl Proper, a spokesman for the New England Joint Board of Unite Here, shed some more light on the details. He estimates that 300 people attended the rally, and that employees are concerned about their wages, mandatory overtime hours and would like a change in their attendance policy. TJX’s policy is to not comment on union issues while stillin negotiations.