I haven't posted anything "political" in a while, but this article disturbs me at a very basic level.
NY Target store workers reject unionization
Workers at NY Target store reject unionization, but union says it will press on nationwide
Ellen Gibson, AP Retail Writer, On Saturday June 18, 2011, 6:08 am EDT
NEW YORK (AP) -- Workers at a Target store in New York voted against joining the country's largest retail union Friday night, but the union said it would press on and broaden its push to represent the company's workers nationwide.
The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 also said it would contest the results and ask the federal government to order a new election, alleging that Target illegally intimidated workers. Target denied the union's allegations.
Both sides said the workers at Target's Valley Stream store voted 137-85 against unionization. A "yes" vote would have made the store the first of the company's 1,700 locations to bring in organized labor.
"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.
Since two-dozen workers from the Valley Stream store approached the union with their grievances regarding hours and pay in February, Target employees from around the country have been reaching out to the labor organization, according to Patrick Purcell, spokesman for the UFCW. The union consists of mostly grocery workers, but also represents employees at retailers that include clothier H&M.
Read the rest here: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/NY-Tar...19088.html?x=0
Issue 1: "Local 1500 also said it would contest the results and ask the federal government to order a new election, alleging that Target illegally intimidated workers." A vote of 137 - 85 seems convincing to me. Perhaps the majority of employees really don't want representation? If so, why would you continually try, let alone asking the federal government get involved. It's not like our government has finite resources.
Issue 2: "Target did everything they could to deny these workers a chance at the American Dream..." Interesting to say the least. How does Bruce know this?
Issue 3: "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." Nice, lose once and make war on an entire organization. That's a value I want my kids to have.
Issue 4: "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.." Refer to #1 and #2. It's crazy thinking.
Issue 5: Seems to be the heart of the matter. "The vote comes at a time when union membership in the retail industry has waned. In 1983, 1.2 million retail workers were union members. Today, that number is 703,000, with more than half of those workers in grocery stores, according to the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union."
I understand the issue about hours and wage. I received my first raise since 2007 this year, and I pay for the same gas and food as cited in the article, but clearly, these employees voted against it, and by a significant margin. The effort seem "preditory".
I wonder how many of those 85 who voted for representation actually asked for more hours or expressed a willingness to work in another department or function??
I don't want to start another pissing contest with my friends; it's just that I simply don't get it.
Well, I suppose it's ok in that Bruce didn't compare Target to the Third Reich.