Target Employees at Long Island Store Get Union Vote

Aug. 24, 2018, 7:50 PM

Employees at Target Corp.‘s Huntington Station, N.Y., store will vote on union representation in early September, a National Labor Relations Board official decided Aug. 24.

The Long Island branch would become the only unionized Target store in the U.S. if employees vote in favor of union representation, a Target spokesperson confirmed to Bloomberg Law. Employees at a Target store in Valley Stream, N.Y., rejected unionization in a 2011 vote. In 2015, a group of pharmacy workers at a different store voted in favor of unionization, but CVS had already acquired Target Pharmacy at the time and now operates pharmacies within Target’s stores.

In the current case, the acting regional director of the NLRB’s Brooklyn, N.Y., office set the election for Sept. 7 and 8. Employees will vote on whether they want United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 to act as their representative in collective bargaining.

The store opened in 2013, when Target announced it would employ about 250 workers in the 150,000 square-foot facility.

Target objected to the NLRB’s scheduling of a union vote. It asserted that the union’s campaign to secure union authorization cards was tainted because a supervisor participated in the effort.

The NLRB can consider the company’s objection in an administrative investigation, but the allegation can’t be resolved in a pre-election hearing on union local’s petition for an election, Acting Regional Director Teresa Poor said.

Before the ruling, a Target spokesperson told Bloomberg Law that the company was having conversations with the Huntington workers. “We do not believe a union intermediary would improve that process in any way and we are committed to continuing to listen to and support all of our team members, who come together every day to proudly serve our guests,” the company said in a statement at the time. A spokesperson declined Aug. 24 to comment beyond their earlier statement.

Local 1500 could not be immediately reached for comment.

The case is Target Corp., 2018 BL 305397, N.L.R.B. Reg’l Dir., Case 29-RC-225302, 8/24/18.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lawrence E. Dubé in Washington, D.C. at ldube@bloomberglaw.com , and Andrew Wallender in Washington, D.C. at awallender@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Terence Hyland at thyland@bloomberglaw.com and Peggy Aulino at maulino@bloomberglaw.com

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