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Judge Orders New Union Vote at N.Y. Target

VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. — An administrative law judge from the National Labor Relations Board has thrown out the results of a controversial union election at a Target store here and ordered a new election.

The decision comes almost a year after workers at the store voted against joining the union. However, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500, Westbury, N.Y., charged that Target intimidated workers.

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Judge Steven Davis in his decision said Target managers barred employees for wearing union buttons and distributing fliers, and threatened to close the store if a union election succeeded. Target closed the Valley Stream unit in April for renovations.

A spokeswoman for Target said the Minneapolis-based company was “disappointed” in the ruling, published reports said.

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