6/18/11

The "Don't Join A Union" Video Target Makes New Employees Watch

The Consumerist has posted an article about the Anti-Union 13 minute video that all new Tarbutt employees must watch.

You can pull up the article at: http://tinyurl.com/4yb28u6, or just go to the Gawker site at: http://tinyurl.com/66y8x8y

The video, "Think Hard Before You Sign," has the production values and cheesy dialogue of an eight-grade educational film. It begins with an earnest discussion of Target's business agility, and, at about the 1:50 mark, the anti-union push begins in earnest.

Here is the link to read the full transcript of the video at:  http://tinyurl.com/69gruy5

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Jun 18, 2:13 AM EDT

NY Target store workers reject unionization

For entire article see: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TARGET_UNION?SITE=FLPAN&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
NEW YORK (AP) -- Workers at a Target store in New York voted against joining the country's largest retail union Friday night.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 said it would contest the results and ask the federal government to order a new election, alleging that Target illegally intimidated workers.

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.

"Workers are seeing their hours getting cut and their take-home pay, while basic costs for gas and food are soaring," says Burt Flickinger III, president of retail consultancy Strategic Resource Group. "They're increasingly frustrated."

Workers at the store in Valley Stream are upset about hourly wage increases amounting to eight cents or less, says Patrick Purcell, the union spokesman. Some employees also say their hours have been cut from 30 per week to fewer than 10.

Part-timers must bank at least 20 hours a week, on average, to qualify for benefits.

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