The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 in New York tried to unionize a Target store and failed. The vote was defeated 137 to 85. The union claims Target workers have been filing complaints about wages and hours, but Target denies the union’s allegations. The defeat isn’t going to stop the UFCW from trying again, though.
“Target did everything they could to deny these workers a chance at the American Dream,” said Bruce W. Both, president of United and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500, in a statement.
“However, the workers’ pursuit of a better life and the ability to house and feed their families is proving more powerful. These workers are not backing down from this fight. They are demanding another election.”
Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said the company acted legally.
“Target absolutely believes we have followed all the policies and procedures that are outlined by the National Labor Relations Board in a completely lawful manner,” Snyder said.
In response to the vote, the union planned to begin a campaign called “Target: Democracy” at the company’s other 26 stores in the New York area and will begin coordinating a nationwide campaign with other union locals in major U.S. cities.
“Today is merely the end of the first round of what will undoubtedly be a 12-round fight for fairness, democracy, justice and change for all Target workers,” Both said.
Sounds like an Obama campaign ad. Gee, I wonder who the NLRB will side with.
The story quotes one Target worker who is in favor of unionization, and another (a single mother) disagreed: “What do I need a union to fight for me for?” Good question.