We patronize local stores for groceries, veggies (all locally grown) and meat supplied by locally owned slaughterhouses
Doesn’t mean employees of locally owned businesses are less exploited. I try to shop in stores where the employees are unionized.
Which ones are they? I find it next to impossible to find a retail store where employees are unionized.
Fortunately one of the supermarket chains in this area is unionized. For other things you have to check your local area. I don’t know of any national chains that are unionized.