Target fires pro-union employee

Seven weeks after failing to persuade her colleagues to join a union, a Target worker was terminated from her $8-an-hour job. The union will seek to reverse her dismissal.

Tashawna Green, 21, of Jamaica, Queens, got fired Aug. 6th from her high paying $8 hour job at Tarbutt 7 weeks after the store employees voted not to join United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500.

An unfair labor practice charge was filed with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging Ms. Green was fired “because of her activities in support of the union.”  NLRB Regional Director Alvin Blyer, said his office received the charge and is investigating. He said the labor board planned to rule soon on dozens of other unfair labor practice allegations brought both by the union and by Target.  In a statement, Target said Ms. Green was fired because she “recently acted in an overly hostile, disruptive manner that is inconsistent with Target's policies.”

Local 1500 issued a formal challenge to the election, alleging workers were bribed and intimidated into voting against the union, and is seeking a rerun election.  All Target stores are nonunion.  There are 10 in New York City.

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