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Labor Board Orders New Union Election at N.Y. Target

WASHINGTON — The National Labor Relations Board has ordered a new election to be held for union representation among employees at a Target store in Valley Stream, N.Y. and further ordered Target to amend employee handbooks and rescind certain policies the board deemed to be in violation of federal labor law.


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 The order, which affirmed rulings of an administrative law judge a year ago, was hailed as a victory for workers by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500, which unsuccessfully tried to organize workers at the store. It argued that Target during the run-up to the vote had illegally intimidated workers, including threats of closing the store if the vote was successful, and giving workers the impression it was engaged in surveillance of union activities.

Target in a statement to SN Thursday said it was evaluating its options. "Target belives that the 2011 union election at our Valley Stream store — when our team members overwhelmingly rejected unionization — was fair and decisive. To this day, we hear from our team members that they are happy with the outcome and ready to move forward as a team. We respectfully disagree with the NLRB's ruling, and, in light of the U.S. Coourt of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit ruling that the NLRB has no authority to act since its members have not been selected in accordance with the law, we are evaluating our next steps."

 “I am calling on Target shareholders to demand that their company cease any further frivolous and costly legal appeals, honor the NLRBs orders and respect their employee's civil rights,” Bruce W. Both, president of Local 1500, said in a statement.

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