Labor Board Alleges Target Illegally Intimidated Workers Before Union Vote

Over the summer, workers at a Target store in New York state elected not to make their store the first Target location to be unionized. Target is notoriously anti-union — showing new hires a video warning that unionizing will mean less flexible hours and fewer promotions — and immediately after the vote, the United Food and Commercial Workers alleged that the company illegally intimidated workers into voting against the union. Today, the National Labor Relations Board, which oversees federal labor law, said it “has found additional evidence that Target illegally threatened to close its store in Valley Stream, L.I., if workers unionized.” The NLRB also alleges “that supervisors interrogated workers about their union activity.” The charges, if proven, could lead to the election result being nullified.