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NLRB Rules Against Target

In addition to the new election, the NLRB issued a sweeping decision that will affect all of Target’s 250,000 employees at 1,700 stores nationwide.

WASHINGTON — The National Labor Relations Board has ordered a new union election at a Target Corp. store in Valley Stream, N.Y., which officials of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union have been trying to organize.

In addition to the new election, the NLRB issued a sweeping decision that will affect all of Target’s 250,000 employees at 1,700 stores nationwide, according to the UFCW.

The NLRB has ordered Target to modify all of its existing and future employee handbooks and remove wording that the NLRB found violated federal labor law.

“This is an overwhelming victory for Target workers not just in the Valley Stream Target but throughout the United States,” said Bruce W. Both, president of UFCW Local 1500. “It is especially satisfying that the decision be announced as workers around the world today are celebrating May Day and sending the message that working men and women will fight every day, for as long as it takes until irresponsible corporations like Target respect our nation’s laws, the laws of other nations and the rights of their workers to form and join a Union.”

The NLRB ruling upheld an administrative law judge’s decision in May 2012, that Target was maintaining a no-union solicitation policy, threatened employees with closure of the Valley Stream store if they voted for a union, conducted coercive employee interrogations and appeared to conduct illegal surveillance of employees.

Target has the right to file a petition to review the NLRB decision with a U.S. Court of Appeals if it does not agree to comply with the decision.