NY Target Workers Vote Down Union Representation
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation will not have its first unionized store as workers at its Valley Stream, New York, store voted against joining United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)-the largest retail union in the country.
According to the Star Tribune, Friday's vote was 137 to 85.
A representative from the UFCW told the Minneapolis newspaper that the organization plans to protest the election and will continue efforts in the New York area.
If the vote had favored the UFCW, the Valley Stream store would have been Target's first unionized store, according to the Star Tribune.
The UFCW reportedly claims that workers are not getting enough hours to support themselves and their kids. But Target has denied that claim.
According to the Star Tribune, Target has withstood four other attempts to unionize stores: In 1990, workers voted down a union at a Target store near Detroit; in 1995, Target warehouse workers in Pueblo, Colorado, rejected unionization; in 1997, Target warehouse workers in Tifton, Georgia, turned down union representation; and a few years later, a Target store in Salinas, California, scheduled a vote to organize, but the union called off the election, presumably because it thought it would lose.
Click here to read more in the Star Tribune about the union vote.