July 13, 2011 | 4095 views
Labor board reviewing Target union vote
In a controversial, attention-grabbing union vote at the Valley Stream Target on June 17, store employees were denied a fair and free election, says officials from United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500 Union.
The nation’s largest union for retail workers is now requesting a new election, and have filed 27 objections against Target for unfair conduct. The objections are in addition to numerous unfair labor practices charges filed against the company leading up to the election.
“Instead of playing by the rules, Target showed they were willing to do whatever it took to keep their workers from attaining a basic right — respect at work,” said Bruce Both, president of UFCW Local 1500.
Target officials have denied any wrongdoing and have filed their own charges against the union. A petition, countering the union’s initial complaints, was filed by the retail giant against the union prior to the election, according to Al Bryer, NLRB’s regional director in Brooklyn. The company stated that the union coerced employees to make anti-gay, racially motivated, and threatening statements toward store supervisors and other employees, according to the petition.
Back in February, employees made initial contact with the labor union, complaining of low pay and hours, and lack of benefits and entitlements. In response to the complaints, the union filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board, granting a federal vote on whether to unionize. The effort was voted down 137-85.
Several complaints quickly surfaced that Target was taking illegal actions, and spreading anti-union propaganda to employees on numerous websites, including Facebook.
According to an NLRB case report, union officials claimed that employees were offered free coffee, tea, donuts and other food to “discourage union support,” not allowed to wear union buttons, interrogated about the union, and threatened that they would lose their jobs if the union won, amongst other charges.