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Target's anti-union propaganda video uses unionized actors
The United Food and Commercial Workers have launched a campaign to save the jobs of workers at the Valley Stream Target in New York, who are being laid off for six months in an attempt to kill discussions about the workers forming a union. UFCW is calling on federal regulators to step in and stop the closing of the store.
Workers at the Target in Valley Stream, N.Y., did a very brave thing last year: they exercised their constitutionally protected right to come together to talk about the issues they face at work and what they could do to improve their jobs for themselves, their families, and their community.
Target responded to these workers' initiative in a sadly typical way - waging a vicious campaign to scare the workers away from joining together as members of UFCW Local 1500. The company's tactics ultimately derailed last year's election at Valley Stream - and those tactics are currently being investigated by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which could decide to call for a new election with fairer conditions.
But now Target has sunk to a new low. The company announced plans to close the Valley Stream store for six months - a move that seems designed to put an end to the workers’ campaign to join together to improve their jobs.
Target is targeting these workers, singling them out, and trying to prevent the possibility of a second, fairer election. It's a shameful strategy, and one that takes aim at a core American value: the right to stick together on the job. We can't stand for such a bald-faced attack on the basic rights of working people.
UFCW is asking supporters of working families to contact Greg Steinhafel, the Target CEO:
Workers at the Valley Stream Target in New York have been exercising their constitutionally protected right to come together to talk about the issues they face at work and what they could do to improve their jobs for themselves, their families, and their community.
Target has done everything it can to try to squash these workers rights, and now the company has sunk to a new low: its planning to close the store during a crucial time when workers could be given the chance for a second, fairer union election.
I am outraged by this bald-faced attack on the rights of working people and urge Target to keep the Valley Stream store open.