Target, Which Hates Unions, Gets Its First Union

Reblogged from GAWKER

A tiny group of Target employees in Brooklyn have pulled off what no Target employees ever have before: they’ve formed a union.

Target has been around for more than 50 years. It has nearly 350,000 employees and 1,800 U.S. stores. Yet it has never had a union in any of those stores in its entire history. (As you might expect, that is because it is a voracious and committed anti-union corporation from the top down.) That, despite the fact that Target employees have told us in sordid detail about the sort of poor pay and sh*tty working conditions that would make the company ripe for organizing.

The last serious Target union drive came in 2011 at a store in Valley Stream, NY. The union was voted down after a contentious campaign, amid charges of company misconduct.

But now, hot damn, right underneath everyone’s noses, a group of nine Target pharmacy workers have voted 7-2 to unionize with the UFCW. Read more>>