Target allegedly union busting by closing Valley Stream store closed ahead of unionization vote

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The only Target in the country facing a unionization vote is closed in the midst of a ridiculously long remodel.
There is one Target store in the country where employees will soon hold a unionization vote -- Valley Stream, New York.

There is one Target store in the country closed for six months or more of remodeling -- Valley Stream, New York.

Coincidence? Gawker's Hamilton Nolan thinks not.

Nolan attributes the Valley Stream store's lengthy closure to "Target's anti-union culture of fear." He writes:
Employees were informed in March that the store would shut down at the end of April and not reopen until mid-November. All "team members in good standing" were offered the exciting chance to take an unpaid leave for those six months; they can also put in for a transfer to another store (if it happens to have open positions), or just be paid through June and say goodbye.
A year ago, workers at the Valley Stream Target rejected unionization by a 137 to 85 margin, but last month a federal judge ordered a new vote, ruling that managers had intimidated workers and violated federal labor laws. Closing the store for an extended period of time could help the company purge Valley Stream of pro-union employees before the next vote.

Here's an excerpt from the judge's ruling detailing an "alleged unlawful interrogation" where a Target manager told union organizers that they couldn't speak about unions anywhere on Target's property -- or anywhere on the entire adjacent strip mall:
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Wal-Mart-esque tactics of that sort led the judge to rule the company had acted illegally during the run-up to the first union election. Target spokeswoman Molly Synder said the company is "disappointed" in the ruling and may appeal the decision to the full National Labor Relations Board.
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alfrankensays...
alfrankensays...

Oh, you must be thinking of germany and how the labor party saved that country. Your lack of knowledge of history is appaling, it wasn't the labor paryt that  saved our country it was the ingenuity of a few that made this place great.

willbee
willbee

In other words workers have no right under any circumstances. The Laws that give employees the right organize were the result of corporations taking advantage of workers and that's why the department of Labor was established. Every news anchor on Television, Hollywood actor, everyone in the motion picture industry have a UNION. The people who do really well in this country does so because of UNIONS. In the past 40years no company in the united States was closed because of Unions, company's that complain about unions does so in order not to Pay a FAIR WAGE AND GIVE BENEFITS. Retail is a decent Job I worked for Target at and earned over $28.00 per hour Target Executives earn between $45k and 95k per year and most Store managers over $100k per year that is why in retail they push you so hard because the managers and executives get the real pay in Retail. If you consider $7.50- 8.50 per hour pretty good then at any time of your life then it shows the  lack of value you place on your time. You are contented to work for less money per hour than it cost for a full MacDonald meal, that is pathetic.

Crooksy2
Crooksy2

 Richard Garyson wow are you real? I am sure you really are a union buster. Many people do work in retail and because of having a union can afford to buy homes and send their children to school to get a quality education. These people in target were not being forced to join a union but chose to because they realize that with a union they will be able to have a better quality of life. Cashiers, stocks and merchandise workers are the one that enable target to pay it's CEO millions in salaries. They are the one that tolerate all the rude and obnoxious customers that come to purchase goods and treat the workers like garbage. Why shouldn't they share in the wealth? Remember treat others as you would want to be treated! Everyone is valuable in the work place and should be treated fairly.Denying decent wages to the majority is not only wrong but a crime. I do support union in retail.

Shnthsjtjtjtrjsr
Shnthsjtjtjtrjsr

These places are supposed to be for high school & college kids.  The costs for employers has gone up astronomically because the wonderful liberals have given everything away to losers who think they should have 6 kids, no skills & be paid 75k a year with medical benefits.

Mjmdingo
Mjmdingo

Richard Garyson is a union buster!  Screw the little man Richard, right?  As long as your local Target is "clean, spacious, and full of everything" who cares about others.  What a loser.  This country was built on organized labor and this country will be saved by organize labor.  I suggest you move to Wisconsin.

Richard Garyson
Richard Garyson

I love shopping at Target. The stores are clean, spacious, and full of everything from groceries to large screen TVs. Most of my shopping is done at Target. I save 5% on their already low prices by using my red card.  I used to work there about ten years ago, as both a nightstocker and cashier. My pay ranged from $7.50-$8.50, which was actually pretty good for a job that required no skills or prior experience. I remember back in 2001, the schedules would only have the employees first name and first two letters of their last name. This was done to protect employees from harassment from union promoters who had previously stolen schedules and plugged the union to employees. In total, I only worked at Target for a year. I enjoyed it, but I found a job that paid more. I never then, nor would I now, expect to make a career out of a retail job. The reason why these jobs often pay low, is because they require virtually no skill, education, or experience. They are great for high school and college students, as well as for people trying to supplement their income with a second job. However, they are terrible as the sole source of income for a parent or for someone living on their own. Nothing can change this. Just about anyone can stock shelves and operate a cash register. There are also more people willing to do this job than there are such jobs available. This is why they pay low and why sometimes bosses treat employees as if they were expendable.  Forcing unions on Target might increase the wages of some workers, but this money has to come from somewhere. It would probably come from higher prices to customers, which would result in less sales. This would result in the need for fewer workers. This would result in layoffs and terminations. There is no free lunch. Unions do not help in the long term, they destroy businesses and industries. They foster an environment of grievance and entitlement, which sucks the joy out of work. Most importantly though, Target, Walmart, and any other business has every right to reject and ignore attempts of employees to collectively bargain. They also have a right to fire employees who attempt to form unions, and to close down stores where unionization is eminent. The laws that compel employers to work with unions are unjust and need to be repealed. Here is my advice to unhappy employees everywhere: quit!

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