Read at Time Out New York
Trader Joe's Wine Shop in Union Square, New York abruptly closed in August 2022 without an explanation. The closure of the popular shop, which had been operating for over 15 years, left many customers and employees puzzled. However, recent reports suggest that the closure may have been related to allegations of union busting. The National Labor Relations Board's counsel has accused Trader Joe's of closing the store illegally because its workers attempted to unionize. The reopening of the wine shop is being considered as one of the remedies for this accusation.
"The complaint stems from an unfair labor practice charge by United Food and Commercial Workers International Union officials, who contended that Trader Joe's higher-ups abruptly-and illegally-closed the store because its workers tried to unionize," reads the article.
The closure of Trader Joe's Wine Shop in Union Square has been met with speculation and confusion, as no other wine shop has opened since. The allegations of union busting shed light on possible reasons behind the unexpected closure. The National Labor Relations Board's counsel is seeking several remedies, including the reopening of the wine shop, compensation for employees, union access, and extensive notices at all Trader Joe's locations. As the situation unfolds, it remains to be seen how Trader Joe's will address these allegations and whether the wine shop will be restored in the near future.
Turns out that, at least according to sources that spoke to Patch, the restoration of the 14th Street wine shop would be "one of several remedies" for the accusations.