Earlier this summer employees at a Long Island Target held a vote on whether or not to unionize. The vote ultimately failed and likely cost one of the organizers her job.
According to a compliant filed with the national Labor Relations Board, a 21-year-old woman lost her job after she was spotted being dropped off at the store by a union representative. The employee claims that, on the day before she was fired, her supervisor told her not to report to work the next day because she was under investigation over claims that she spread a rumor that all staff members from Jamaica were going to be fired.
The next day Target fired her.
Target disputes the charges, claiming that the employee had acted in an “overtly hostile, disruptive manner that is inconsistent with Target’s policies.”
The union matter is far from settled. Pro-union supporters challenged the vote outcome and hope to re-vote after allegations that employees were bribed and intimidated into voting against the union. Target has filed its own complaints against union reps over allegations they threatened and assaulted employees.
This is just the latest incident to tarnish Target’s reputation as a forward-thinking retailer and employer.
The NLRB is investigating both the woman’s claims and those filed by Target.
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